Rus­sia un­der pres­sure over Berlin death

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY -

GER­MANY’S de­fence min­is­ter is call­ing for the gov­ern­ment to turn up the pres­sure on Rus­sia over a killing in Berlin that prose­cu­tors say ap­pears to have been or­dered by Rus­sian or Chechen au­thor­i­ties.

Ger­many ex­pelled two Rus­sian diplo­mats on Wed­nes­day over the brazen killing of a Ge­or­gian man on the streets of Berlin in Au­gust.

Fed­eral prose­cu­tors said ev­i­dence sug­gested the slay­ing was or­dered ei­ther by Moscow or au­thor­i­ties in Rus­sia’s repub­lic of Chech­nya.

“Now the Rus­sian side must fi­nally make its con­tri­bu­tion to clear­ing up this crime,” de­fence min­is­ter An­negret Kram­pKar­ren­bauer, who is also leader of Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s party, was quoted as telling Sun­day’s Bild am Son­ntag news­pa­per.

“We will have to dis­cuss and de­cide on fur­ther re­ac­tions in the Ger­man gov­ern­ment.”

Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer did not spec­ify what those mea­sures might be.

Rus­sia has re­jected the ac­cu­sa­tions and threat­ened con­se­quences for the ex­pul­sion of its diplo­mats.

Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, has said he has “ab­so­lutely no un­der­stand­ing for Rus­sia be­ing in­dig­nant or even con­sid­er­ing counter-mea­sures” af­ter months in which it failed to sup­port the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. A sus­pect is in cus­tody in Ger­many.

Merkel is due to see Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin at a pre­vi­ously-sched­uled four-way meet­ing in Paris to­day with the pres­i­dents of Ukraine and France.

Merkel and Putin also plan to hold a bi­lat­eral meet­ing.

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