Russia says to expel German diplomats over ‘hostile’ actions

This photograph shows the Russian Foreign Ministry building and Moscow's International Business Centre behind the dome of a church in central Moscow on Oct 18, 2022. (PHOTO / AFP)

MOSCOW – The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that it decided to "mirror" Germany's "hostile" actions and expel German diplomats from Russia.

"The German authorities have decided on another mass expulsion of employees of Russian diplomatic missions in Germany. We strongly condemn these actions of Berlin, which continues to defiantly destroy the entire array of Russian-German relations," the ministry said in a statement.

The maximum number of employees in German diplomatic missions in Russia will also be "significantly" limited, it said, adding that on April 5, 2023, the Russian Foreign Ministry officially notified German Ambassador to Russia Geza Andreas von Geyr of this decision.

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The German Foreign Ministry has not made official announcements on this matter.

In April last year, Germany announced the expulsion of 40 Russian diplomats, and Russia declared a tit-for-tat move.