Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats with alleged hyperlink to Berlin homicide

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Slovakia mentioned on Monday it had expelled three diplomats from the Russian embassy within the capital, Bratislava, for a “serious crime,” with native media reporting it’s associated to the homicide of a Georgian man in Berlin final yr.

“According to information from the Slovak intelligence services, their activities were in contradiction with the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations,” a ministry spokesman mentioned in an emailed assertion, based on Reuters.

The Foreign Ministry additionally cited an abuse of Slovak visas issued on the Slovak normal consulate in Saint Petersburg, with out offering additional data.

With the Russian diplomats pressured to go away the nation by 13 August, Russia mentioned it should reply to the move.

In June, German prosecutors charged a Russian man over the killing of a Georgian insurgent fighter in Berlin’s Kleiner Tiergarten park final yr and accused Moscow of getting ordered the assassination.

The 40-year-old Georgian citizen of Chechen ethnicity, recognized in reviews on the killing as Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, fought in opposition to Russian troops in Chechnya, whereas he had beforehand survived a number of assassination makes an attempt and fled, d to Germany in 2016.