MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday the reports that a German embassy’s staff member has been expelled from Moscow.
The expulsion comes “in response to unfriendly actions of the German authorities in regard to a staff member of one of Russian foreign establishments in Germany,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian ministry says it sees no link to recent media reports of the upcoming visit of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Moscow.
A German government source said on Saturday a German embassy worker had been expelled from Moscow in what Berlin believes is a “retaliatory” measure by the Russian authorities.
The source condemned the step as “unjustified,” adding that the Russian government had been informed of this.
According to last week’s report by Der Spiegel, the move came after Germany had expelled a Russian diplomat from the consulate general in the western city of Bonn.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also said on Monday Russia has expelled a number of Polish diplomats from Moscow in response to the earlier expulsion of Russian diplomats from Poland.