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Russia ready to help Germany in row over Georgian's murder: Putin

Russia ready to help Germany in row over Georgian's murder: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin waves to the media prior to a meeting of leaders of the BRICS emerging economies at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov 14, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Pavel Golovkin)

PARIS: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday (Dec 9) said Moscow was ready to help Germany in the investigation over the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin which has rekindled diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

"We need to find the guilty ones and along with the Chancellor (Angela Merkel) do everything to help our German colleagues," he told reporters in Paris, while denying it was a "crisis" between the countries.

READ: Russia link to Berlin murder hardens: Reports

Germany last week expelled two Russian diplomats after prosecutors said Moscow could be behind the killing of the former Chechen rebel commander in a Berlin park.

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian national, was shot twice in the head at close range in Kleiner Tiergarten park on August 23, allegedly by a Russian man who was arrested shortly afterwards.

Putin described Khangoshvili as a "fighter, very cruel and bloody" who had taken part in separatist activities and also been involved in blasts on the Moscow metro.

Source: AFP/ic

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