ANNEGRET KRAMP-OF KARRENBAUER
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They should be introduced after the murder of a Chechen in Berlin.
The Minister of defence of Germany Annegret Kramp-of Karrenbauer (Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer) insists on the need for further action against Moscow amid the possible involvement of state authorities of Russia and Chechnya to the murder of former Chechen warlord Zelimkhan khangoshvili in the German capital. The corresponding statement the head of the German defense Minister made in an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, excerpts of which are published at Sunday, December 8, reports dw.com.
“We will be at the level of the Federal government to consult about further reactions and make” appropriate decisions, said the Minister. “The Russian side must finally contribute in the investigation of this crime”, she added.
The murder has complicated relations between Moscow and Berlin, stated crump, Karrenbauer, adding that the evidence against Russia – “serious”.
Pretty disturbing picture
Taking into account attempts of poisoning the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK and other circumstances is “a fairly disturbing picture,” she said. The German Minister reminded about the concerns of Baltic countries and Poland against Moscow: “Russia again and again is violating there air space, leads a campaign of disinformation”. “We can’t just shrug off the experience of these countries”, – concluded the Minister of defence of Germany.
In the absence of the active assistance of the Russian Federation in the murder investigation khangoshvili of the German foreign Ministry declared two employees of the Russian Embassy persona non grata. Russia has promised to take mirror measures, but has not yet done so.
Merkel supported the decision to expel the diplomats. However, she expressed the hope that the scandal around the murder khangoshvili will not have a negative impact on the summit in Paris.
Shot in the heart of Berlin
Zelimkhan khangoshvili, who was field commander during the second Chechen war, was gunned down on August 23 in the Berlin Park Tiergarten Small. Previously the Russian authorities had declared him wanted on charges of terrorism. Khangoshvili went to Germany after 2015 in Georgia, he had committed another assassination attempt.
Alleged killer arrested in Berlin on the same day’s testimony. He was a man with a Russian passport in the name of Vadim Sokolov. Portal for investigative journalism, The Insider, December 3 reported that Vadim Sokolov is actually 54-year-old Vadim Krasikov, which Russia announced on the wanted list through Interpol in 2014.
The investigation into the murder on 4 December took the Federal Prosecutor of Germany. This happens only when there is suspicion that the crime involved the intelligence services of another state. As reported the press service of the Ministry, the German investigative authorities check suspect in the possible involvement of state bodies of the Russian Federation or Chechnya for the murder of khangoshvili.