Russia is a key market for Germany. But political developments in recent years have led to serious problems. EU sanctions on Russia and its growing friendship with China are casting a shadow over German prospects there.
German carmaker Daimler said the job cuts would help fund "large investments" needed to transition to electric cars.
The Mercedes-Benz maker will slash jobs worldwide as part of an austerity program. The cuts affect 10% of management postions in Germany.
Washington pushes ahead with sanctions against the gas pipeline, claiming it strengthens Russia's grip on EU energy markets. In Germany the move is condemned as an "unfriendly act" to promote US commercial interests.
The excessive emissions concern at least 260,000 Mercedes "Sprinter" vans. The Volkswagen "dieselgate" scandal first broke four years ago and has had ongoing repercussions for the industry ever since.
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