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Number of Russian diplomats undesirable in Germany

Germany decided on Monday to declare 40 of officials at the Russian embassy undesirable, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. She added that Berlin would also boost its support for Ukraine’s armed forces.

“The images from Bucha testify to an unbelievable brutality on the part of the Russian leadership and those who follow its propaganda,” Baerbock said in a statement, referring to civilian killings in north Ukraine.

“The Federal Government has therefore decided today to declare undesirable a significant number of members of the Russian Embassy who have worked here in Germany every day against our freedom, against the cohesion of our society.”

Baerbock added that Germany would be launching further responses with its partners and would further tighten the existing sanctions against Russia.

“We will decisively increase our support to the Ukrainian armed forces and we will also strengthen NATO’s eastern flank,” the German FM said.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry lists 104 accredited Russian diplomats in Germany.

Moscow is to respond to Germany’s decision to expel the Russian diplomats, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing the Russian foreign ministry.


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