December 12, 2019 / 8:21 AM / a month ago

Russia expels two German diplomats in row over killing

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it would expel two German diplomats from Moscow in a tit-for-tat response after Berlin last week ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats.

Germany announced the expulsions last week over what it said was Moscow’s refusal to cooperate in the investigation of a murder where German prosecutors suspect Russian or Chechen involvement.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the German ambassador in Moscow, issued a formal protest over the expulsions and gave two German diplomats seven days to leave the country, it said in a statement.

Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Heavens

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