Germany closes 4 Russian consulates on its soil

Germany closes 4 Russian consulates on its soil

May 31 2023

ARK News… The German Foreign Ministry announced that it had called on Russia to close four out of five consulates in Germany in response to Moscow's expulsion of a number of German embassy employees and related bodies operating in Russia.

State Department spokesman Christopher Burger told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that the measure aims to create "parity in the number of staff and mission premises" between the two countries, according to the Associated Press.

Berger said that this means that Germany will have to close three consulates in Russia by November, indicating that Russia will be allowed to continue opening the embassy in Berlin and another consulate after the end of the year.

The Russian government recently said that 350 German government officials, including those working in cultural bodies and schools, can stay in Russia.