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World Russia expels 2 German diplomats over Berlin murder probe

11:22  12 december  2019
11:22  12 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Berlin Assassin Trail Could Lead to Russia, German Authorities Say

  Berlin Assassin Trail Could Lead to Russia, German Authorities Say German prosecutors now believe the murder of a Chechen rebel in Berlin this summer was likely linked to the Kremlin, according to an official familiar with the investigation, putting pressure on Berlin to punish Moscow. The German government has so far declined to speculate on the identity of the suspected killer, an unidentified Russian man who was arrested by German police just after the murder on Aug. 23.

Russia says it is expelling two German diplomats in retaliation for a similar move by Berlin over suspicions that Moscow ordered the killing of an ethnic Chechen in the German capital. Last week the German government threw out two Russian diplomats . It suspects Russia or Russia 's Chechen

(12 Dec 2019) Russia expelled two German diplomats Thursday in retaliation for Germany ejecting two employees of the Russian Embassy in Berlin last week.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign ministry said Thursday that it has expelled two German diplomats in retaliation for Germany doing the same last week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive at a working session at the Elysee Palace Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 in Paris. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's president are meeting for the first time at a summit in Paris to find a way to end the five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine. (Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive at a working session at the Elysee Palace Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 in Paris. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's president are meeting for the first time at a summit in Paris to find a way to end the five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine. (Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via AP)

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that it was making the move “due to the reciprocity principle” and ordered them to leave the country within the next seven days.

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Last Wednesday, Germany expelled two Russian diplomats employed at the Russian Embassy Germany : Berlin expels two Russian diplomats over 'insufficient participation' in murder probe German Government Lashes Out at Russian Diplomats , Blames Embassy For Death of Georgian

The expulsions come shortly after Germany 's chief prosecutor decided to take over the case. Germany has accused Russia of failing to assist in the investigation. German media have compared the attack on Khangoshvili to the attempted murder of Russian former intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his

The German Foreign Ministry expelled two employees of the Russian Embassy in Berlin last Wednesday, after Russian authorities didn’t answer requests by Germany to help shed light on a brazen daylight slaying of a Georgian man in Berlin.

German federal prosecutors took over the investigation after concluding that evidence suggests involvement either by the government of Russia or Chechnya.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement last week that the “politicized approach to the investigation is inappropriate” and promised to take “reciprocal measures.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this week that the slain man was “a bandit" and “a murderer” and said that Russia repeatedly asked Germany to extradite him, but to no avail.

The German Justice Ministry said Wednesday it is not aware of any extradition requests for the victim from Russia.

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BERLIN (AP) — A German diplomat's son who served more than 33 years in prison for a double murder in Virginia that he has steadfastly maintained he didn't commit arrived in his homeland on Tuesday after being released on parole. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP) 2/7 SLIDES © Provided by Associated Press German Jens Soering, center, is embraced by a women after his arrival at the Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.

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