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Berlin is destroying an array of relations. Foreign Ministry reports on expulsion of Russian diplomats from Germany and mirror response

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On Saturday, April 22, it became known that the German authorities had decided to expel Russian diplomats from the country once again. This was reported by the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“The authorities of the Federal Republic of Germany have decided on another mass expulsion of members of the Russian diplomatic missions in Germany. We strongly condemn these actions by Berlin, which continues to demonstratively destroy the entire array of Russian-German relations, including their diplomatic dimension,” the message reads.

Smolensk Square stressed that the German authorities broke their own assurances about not wanting to publicize the story, and put the media, regularly used for “controlled leaks” and disinformation throws, on notice of their plot.

“As a reaction to Berlin’s hostile actions, the Russian side decided to mirror the expulsion of German diplomats from Russia, as well as to significantly limit the maximum number of employees of German diplomatic missions in our country, about which the FRG ambassador to Russia Geza Andreas von Geir was officially informed during a conversation at the Russian Foreign Ministry on April 5, 2023,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

In turn, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the TV channel Zvezda that more than 20 German diplomats would be expelled;

“They notified us that they were expelling and said just don’t tell anyone anything. And they themselves started leaking, and they themselves started denying it publicly,” she said.

A source at the German Foreign Ministry, RIA Novosti, reported that in recent weeks the German government and the Russian side have been in contact regarding the staffing of the corresponding missions abroad.

On March 25, the German edition Focus published an article in which, citing sources, it was stated that the German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock planned to declare persona non grata more than 30 Russian diplomats accredited in Berlin. German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Sasse disproved this information, saying that such measures were not being considered.

Meanwhile, a TASS source in the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow “has already prepared a tough response” to these “unhealthy steps” by Berlin. According to him, Berbock has a spy mania.

In addition, the American newspaper The Washington Post reported that Russian authorities have allegedly tasked political strategists to interfere in German politics in order to strengthen anti-war sentiment in Europe and weaken support for Ukraine. The Kremlin called such claims “100% fake”.

Dmitry Belik, a member of the Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, told that the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from Germany was “another example of Russophobic policy, devoid of any international norms.

“The collapse of Russian-German relations to the very foundations creates the conditions for Russia’s reorientation toward strengthening relations with friendly countries,” the parliamentarian said.

First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Vladimir Jabarov also stressed that Berlin continues its anti-Russian campaign.

“I just don’t understand why the Germans need it? They have already lost too much in this confrontation over Ukraine. Now they are also spoiling political relations,” the interlocutor said in a conversation with .

In his turn, the head of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, stated that Germany already abuses the “leverage” of the expulsion of diplomats and this only leads to a consistent degradation of what is left of the relations between the countries.

“Germany is increasingly following in the footsteps of the U.S. and copying not the most constructive techniques in bilateral dialogue. Berlin’s mass expulsion of Russian diplomats will certainly complicate bilateral relations, which are already unfriendly,” TASS quoted him as saying.

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