December 4, 2019 / 2:28 PM / 7 days ago

Russia did not help with probe into murder of Georgian in Berlin: Merkel

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves 10 Downing Street after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other heads of state, ahead of the NATO summit in London, Britain December 3, 2019. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS

WATFORD, England (Reuters) - Germany took the decision to expel two Russian embassy employees after it became clear that Russia was not cooperating with an investigation into the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

“I meet the Russian president next week and I will inform him,” Merkel said at the NATO summit in England. “We took this decision because we did not see that Russia was supporting us in clearing this murder.”

German federal prosecutors suspect Russian or Chechen involvement in the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili who was shot twice in the head in a central Berlin park in August as he was heading to a mosque.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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