In the dispute over the alleged murder of an exiled Georgian in Berlin, Russia's ambassador to Germany, Sergei Netschayev, declared his willingness to improve cooperation. "I think that cooperation on all tracks was given in principle, but I do not know to what extent," said Nechaev of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung . "If there are any deficiencies, then you have to find and eliminate them." Nechayev referred to the "partnership channels" between Germany and Russia, which "used to work between the legal organs". These should be used and exploited to facilitate the investigation.

Nechayev sharply criticizes Germany

At the same time, Nechaev sharply criticized that Germany had expelled two of its employees under reference to inadequate cooperation. You have to leave the country this week. "The language of expulsion is the wrong language with our country," said the representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the German investigation there are so far only assumptions and suspicions. "I therefore regard the expulsion of our diplomats as a very serious step and mean that it happens without reason and, moreover, that it is by no means friendly."

A 40-year-old Georgian, who is said to have fought on behalf of the separatists in the Russian republic of Chechnya, was shot in back and head from behind in the Kleiner Tiergarten in the Berlin district of Moabit on 23 August. The alleged perpetrator was caught shortly thereafter, since then sits in custody and silent to the allegations. The Federal Prosecutor's Office suspects state agencies in Russia or in the Chechen Republic of having ordered the murder.

After the Ukraine summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin had called the shot-dead Georgians "bandits" and "killers" involved in terrorist attacks in Russia. He accused the German authorities of not having extradited the "criminal and murderer" despite requests to do so. The Federal Government said that such a request was not known at all. The case has heavily impacted German-Russian relations. The Federal Government accuses Russia of lacking cooperation in the Enlightenment and therefore rejected two Russian diplomats. Russia wants to respond accordingly.

Berlin - Russia rejects involvement in contract murder The speculation is unfounded, said a Kremlin spokesman. After the murder of the Georgian in Berlin, the federal government has now expelled two Russian diplomats. © Photo: Christoph Soeder

The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, Norbert Röttgen, called it in the Passauer Neue Presse striking that obviously President Putin this case and the identity of the murdered are well known.