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Germany closes four Russian consulates as German-Russian relations decline

31.05.2023 17:05
In a tit-for-tat response to Russian limitations on German officials in Russia, Germany has today ordered the closure of four of the five Russian consulates in Germany.
Gates to Russian Embassy in Germany
Gates to Russian Embassy in GermanyPAP/EPA/FELIPE TRUEBA

Tensions began with Russia's decision four days ago to limit the number of German officials working Russia to 350.

Germany has today responded by ordering the closure of four out of the five Russian consulates operating in Germany, leaving only the Berlin embassy operative.

Poland has been highly critical of German foreign policy - a situation described as "the feud at the heart of Europe" by the Financial Times. However, these latest events would suggest that German-Russian relations are worsening. 

Sources: PAP, Reuters, Financial Times