German minister wants to rebuild trust with Russian Federation

Henrietta Strickland
April 3, 2018

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wants to resume dialogue with Russian Federation and gradually improve ties, he said on Sunday.

Maas, a member of the Social Democrats (SPD) wants to resume dialogue with Russian Federation and gradually improve ties as he believes much trust had been lost in the last few years due to Russia's behaviour.

The festering diplomatic row has seen Russian Federation taking the offensive as hours after Moscow expelled diplomats from no less than 23 countries around the world, Vladimir Putin's men asked Britain to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russian Federation by more than 50 people. "Even in the current climate we remain ready for dialogue with Russian Federation and we will work on both European security and constructive future relations between our countries".

Over 25 countries, including the US, Canada, Germany and other European Union states have recently expelled Russian diplomats as a sign of solidarity with the United Kingdom, citing allegations of Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the town of Salisbury on March 4.

Moscow has angrily denied the accusation and vowed to match the expulsions one-for-one in a major escalation of the crisis.

Altogether, more than 150 Russian diplomats have been ordered out of the US, EU members, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries and other nations in the largest such coordinated expulsions in recent memory.

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