Russian President Vladimir Putin said a Georgian man murdered in Berlin in August was himself a killer who took part in bloody acts on Russian soil and that Moscow's requests for Germany to extradite him had not been heeded.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had told Russian President Vladimir Putin in bilateral talks in Paris on Monday that Germany expects Russia to provide information for an investigation into the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin.
Germany took the decision to expel two Russian embassy employees after it became clear that Russia was not cooperating with an investigation into the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.
Germany has expelled two Russians working at the Russian embassy in Berlin after federal prosecutors took over the case of a Georgian citizen killed in August in Berlin in which they suspect Russian or Chechen involvement.
The Kremlin on Wednesday denied the Russian government had been involved in the murder of a Georgian citizen in Berlin, hours before Germany expelled two Russian diplomats over what it said was Moscow's refusal to cooperate in the investigation.
German federal prosecutors believe Russian intelligence was involved in the August killing of a Georgian citizen and will therefore take over the investigation from local authorities, a legal source said on Tuesday.
German federal prosecutors believe Russian intelligence was involved in the August killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin and want to take over the investigation, a legal source told Reuters on Tuesday, confirming a report by public broadcaster ARD.
German public broadcaster ARD reported on Tuesday that federal prosecutors want to take over a probe into the killing in August of a Georgian citizen in Berlin and that they believe Russian intelligence was involved.
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