German Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Christofer Burger, at the press conference held in Berlin, stated that Russia decided to limit the presence of German personnel in Russia to 350 in April, adding that this number includes employees in embassies and consulates, as well as employees in German schools and Goethe Institute in Russia. Reminds me that it’s included.
Stressing that “the Russian government has taken a step towards escalating tensions”, Burger noted that this unjustified decision forced the German government to make significant cuts in all areas in Russia.
“3 German consulates general in Russia will be closed by the end of November”
Indicating that the German government aims to maintain a minimum diplomatic presence in Russia, Burger pointed out that the three German consulate generals in Russia will be closed by the end of November.
Emphasizing that only the German Embassy in Moscow and the Consulate General in Saint Petersburg will continue to serve, Sözcü Burger said, “For this reason, we have decided to withdraw the operating licenses of 4 of the 5 (Russian) consulate generals operating in Germany.” he said.
Burger shared the information that the decision was reported to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, and noted that they requested Russia to immediately start its work in this direction and complete it by 31 December 2023 at the latest.
Sözcü Burger added that it will be allowed to serve Russia with an embassy and a consulate general in Germany.