The German government has not commented on the publication of The Times, which claims that about 20 countries of the European Union, including the Federal Republic of Germany, can follow the example of Great Britain and expel Russian diplomats, allegedly as a response to the Skripal poisoning.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel already spoke on this subject the day before. According to her, in addition to the already agreed consultations from Moscow with EU Ambassador Marcus Ederer , “an additional reaction is needed.” “I have nothing to add to this,” said the representative of the German government.
According to The Times, France, Germany, Poland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark and a number of other countries are preparing to expel Russian diplomats “due to Moscow’s espionage network”.
Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany Sergei Nechaev pointed to the high importance of German-Russian relations and the fact that their deterioration is unlikely to benefit anyone. “We very much hope that our German partners will not play by other people’s rules, and even with their eyes closed.” This is hardly in the interests of all of us,” the Russian diplomat said.