Navalny’s Poisoning – the EU long-term Atlantic strategy?

Alexei Navalny’s poisoning case is among the most popular topics on pages of the world media that continue to spread more and more details, often competing with one another and stirring hysteria about ‘the heinous poisoning’ of the main Russian opposition figure, which has been allegedly committed by ‘the direct order of the Kremlin’. At the same time, as if there’s general guidance on this matter, European politicians of all rank make grand proclamations, threatening Russia with the next package of tough sanctions and with ultimate refusal to implement the project Nord Stream 2.

This all would look almost exactly like the well-worn story of the Skripals’ ‘poisoning’ if there were not two ‘buts’. First of all, the undisguised provocative story with Navalny, who is receiving treatment in Berlin (where the notorious agent Novichok has been found in his tests for the first time), becomes a systemic crisis in relations between Russia and the West. Since the G7 has joined efforts to put pressure on Moscow, acting at the instigation of Germany and accusing Russia of poisoning a key leader of Russian opposition, as well as, its involving in a breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention, relations of Moscow and Berlin, who have been close partners in the recent past, are progressing in accordance with the worst-case scenario. Germany demands Russia to conduct a transparent and impartial investigation. In its reply, Moscow accuses Berlin of closing the door to dialogue and denying access to the evidence by escalating the anti-Russian campaign. The threat of collapse in Russian-German relations signals a loss of hope for resumption of constructive dialogue with the EU and holds out the prospect for new confrontations with the USA.

Second, as different from the incident in Salisbury, Navalny’s incident will inevitably lead to narrowing the area of existing disagreements in the relationship between the USA and its European allies. The proof of that is the fact that now not only the US President D. Trump, but also German Chancellor A. Merkel, contrary to all her previous categorical statements, ‘does not rule out’ the possibility of imposing sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which should be understood as a total freeze on the project. Such a sudden change in position of the Chancellor of Germany could be connected to the fact that Merkel and then other European leaders have unofficially decided the fate of this key project for Europe energy security just to please the USA and to demonstrate their loyalty and readiness to return back to the common political platform with Washington right after the election victory of the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. To all seeming, Merkel and other heads of European states have already no doubt that Biden, rather than Trump, will become a new tenant of the White House, thereby breaking into the single ‘liberal mainstream’ with the US Democrats.

As for Joe Biden, he expressed confidence that the primary responsibility for Alexei Navalny’s poisoning lies with the leadership of Russia, as well as, he didn’t miss an opportunity to criticize the current US President for failure to act on this matter. Under severe pressure from his competitor Donald Trump, whom his opponents regularly accuse of having ‘a weakness for Putin’, will have to respond to the situation with Alexei Navalny. The current incumbent of the Oval Office has no choice but to join the emerging single Euro-Atlantic front against Russia or try to, at least, pretend that he is interested in it and to prepare the way to the front for his likely successor.

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marko bolo
3 months ago

Some slack boobies are responsible for representing the position of the Russian Federation in the international arena. All states lie (cm. “Collin Powell test tube”). But how? Lies – it's hard work on the edge of art. And at least requires such a thing, as a sequence. If you don't start a poisoning case, then why then threaten relatives with a criminal case for “concealment of evidence”? This is insanity, how downed “Boeing”. You have to work thinner, thinner, not supplying foreign partners with additional trump cards in the game.

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nebug
3 months ago

The EU has no strategy. Its leaders are stupidly practicing the US line of confrontation with Moscow. My position is not right there, to be absent, but, rather, both yours and ours,that is, eat a fish and ride a tractor. What is it worth, eg, Speech by Austrian Foreign Minister Schallenberg at the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers: “We need to use a strategy of double standards in relation to the Russian Federation. Border – if necessary, dialog – if possible”. Eventually, the idea of ​​a sanctions list of Russian officials was supported by the European ministers, but with a caveat, that they don't know who to include in it, since there are no specific suspects and they generally do not intend to view relations with Russia through the prism of the Navalny incident

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Jon
Jon
29 days ago
Reply to  nebug

Judging by the last injection, an interesting movie awaits us. The Kremlin was silent for almost two days – built a line of conduct, by the evening yesterday – went on the attack, today Putin must dot the I

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Saint Potin
Saint Potin
30 days ago

Perfect! If I understand, you think that Europe has no prerogative. It's totally wrong. US Democrats plan to put maximum pressure on Russia, to use his image as the main enemy, to mobilize funds to buy weapons and increase contributions for European NATO members.
Europe on the contrary abandons this rhetoric. She creates a European army and abandons American military projects.
You need to read more the European press.

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Klim
Klim
17 days ago
Reply to  Saint Potin

Нет там ничего интересного в этой Вашей европейской прессевся та же жвачка и пропаганда, что и во всякой другой. Что Европа, что США, все используют (или создают) подобные возможности по максимуму в своих собственных интересах. Yes, не спорю, есть элемент противостояния, но это не принципиальные разногласия, это, rather, вопрос цены. И европейские санкциилучшее тому подтверждение, after all, согласитесь, что это совместная евро-американская инициатива и никак иначе.

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