Germany closes consulates in Russia as diplomatic relations strain

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Maria Zakharova

2nd December 2023 – (Moscow) Germany has announced the closure of its consulates general in Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Kaliningrad as part of its ongoing process of scaling back diplomatic relations with Russia. Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, commented on the situation, stating that these actions by the German authorities align with their policy of severing various aspects of Russian-German relations, including minimising diplomatic interaction.

Zakharova emphasized that the German government deliberately complicates consular services for hundreds of thousands of Russian nationals residing in Germany. Starting next year, these services will only be available at the Russian embassy in Berlin and the Russian consulate general in Bonn. This decision will undoubtedly pose challenges for Russian citizens in Germany as well as Germans seeking to maintain contacts with Russia.

In response to these developments, Russia is taking measures to alleviate the difficulties imposed by the German authorities. The aim is to ensure maximum support for Russian citizens and Germans interested in maintaining connections with Russia. Zakharova concluded by affirming Russia’s commitment to mitigating the obstacles created by Germany’s actions.