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Russia-EU: Navalny affair poisons diplomatic relations

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This week we are interested in the showdown between the European Union and Russia of Vladimir Putin. Because it was not enough for the master of the Kremlin to imprison his main opponent Alexeï Navalny, on his return from five months of post-poisoning convalescence in Germany. It was also not enough for him to send thousands of Russian pro-democracy protesters behind bars. He also inflicted a diplomatic slap on the European Union.

While the High Representative for European Diplomacy, Josep Borrell, was visiting Moscow, the Kremlin announced the expulsion of three European diplomats, on the grounds that they had participated in demonstrations in support of Alexei Navalny.

Since then, nothing has been going on either side of the Urals and Europe is struggling to find a common response to the height of the snub. Sanctions against regime figures appear limited in their impact and European countries are strongly divided.

We are discussing with three MEPs the right attitude the European Union should adopt vis-à-vis Moscow.

A program prepared by Isabelle Romero, Mathilde Bénézet and Perrine Desplats.

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