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Expert: EU-Russian relations will depend on Putin’s foreign policy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe future of relations between the European Union and Russian Federation will largely depend on whether or not Russian President Vladimir Putin decides to continue an aggressive foreign policy, says East European Policy Research Center’s researcher Māris Cepurītis.

The expert believes development of the situation will depend on Russia’s steps, on Putin’s choice of either continuing an aggressive foreign policy or taking a more diplomatic approach. If the aggressive policy continues, Europe will have to respond accordingly, said the researcher. If Russia bases its policy on a dialogue, the EU may consider normalizing relations, he added.

Commenting on Latvia’s actions in relation to the chemical attack against the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain, Cepurītis said that this it was an adequate step, demonstrating solidarity with UK and other partners.

As it is known, USA and 14 European member states, including Latvia, as well as Canada and Ukraine have decided to expel Russian diplomats after the chemical attack in Salisbury, UK.

EU and USA agree that the attack on Skripal in UK was most likely organized by Russia.

On Monday, 26 March, Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs announced that Latvia expels Russian embassy’s second secretary and includes the name of the manager of Russian company’s representation in Latvia to a blacklist. He did not reveal the exact names, however.

Commenting on the addition of the manager of the Russian company to the blacklist, the minister said that this decision was made based on information from Latvian security institutions. ‘The manager of this company in Latvia did everything, except his direct duties. His actions are classified as illegal collection of information,’ said Rinkēvičs.

Russian ambassador to Latvia Yevgeniy Lukyanov told journalists that the embassy has received information that the representative of Russian Aeroflot airline in Latvia Sergei Sokolnikov has received a request to leave the country.


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