Hundreds of Germans to leave Russia — ministry

Russia will start expelling German diplomats, teachers and employees of German cultural institutions next month, the German Foreign Office said Saturday.

The German foreign ministry sharply criticized Russia’s move, calling the upcoming expulsions a “unilateral, unjustified and incomprehensible decision.” In addition, the expulsion will affect several hundred German state employees, including teachers and staff of the Goethe Institute.

The dismissal will further enhance tensions between the two countries that have already had very fraught ties since Russia invaded Ukraine early last year, it added.

“The Russian Foreign Ministry had made public in April its decision to introduce a cap on the number of staff at our missions abroad and at German intermediary organizations in Russia,” a German Foreign Office spokesperson said, on condition of anonymity in line with government policy.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

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