Berlin says Moscow’s decision to downsize embassy staff ‘unilateral’

The German Foreign Ministry Saturday criticised Russia’s decision to force Germany to reduce its diplomatic staff and staff in public institutions such as the Goethe Institute and the German School in Moscow by June 1. According to DW, the ministry stated that “this is a unilateral, unjustified and incomprehensible action,” adding that the cap set by Russia implies a significant reduction in all areas of the German presence in Russia while at the same time maintaining a diplomatic presence. In mid-April, Germany expelled several Russian diplomats, and Moscow responded by expelling 20 German embassy staff. In April, the Russian Foreign Ministry set a ceiling for the number of German diplomats and representatives of public institutions, according to the German Foreign Ministry.

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