Germany on Monday reacted with defiance to Russia’s announcement that it would expel 40 German diplomats in response to a similar move by Berlin over the conflict in Ukraine.
“We expected today’s step, but it is in no way justified,” Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said in a statement.
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She added that the 40 Russian diplomats expelled by Berlin “did not serve diplomacy for a single day” while those expelled by Russia had “not done anything wrong.”
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