A. Kubilius: EU needs new strategy towards Russia

2020-12-16 | EU relations with Russia

Andrius Kubilius, Member of the European Parliament and the Standing Rapporteur on Russia in the European Parliament has made a following statement in reaction to the findings of the joint international investigation group led by Bellingcat identifying a long-running FSB operation to trail Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny:

“The new investigation into poisoning of Alexei Navalny, done and published by The Insider, Belingcat, CNN, with participation of Der Spiegel, very clearly shows who for several years were preparing the poisoning attempt to kill Alexei Navalny. Thanks to this investigation, we know now the personalities, their names and high-ranking responsibilities in the Russian special services and special state research institutes, which were involved in this terrible crime.

It is clear that we are witnessing the state-sponsored, -organized and -delivered terrorism. It is also clear that such long-term terrorist operation was approved in the highest levels of the Kremlin power.

That is yet another and very strong signal to the Western community: it is not enough to make some more critical statements or to introduce several new sanctions; there is a need for a deep review of EU relations with Kremlin regime, which behaves like a terrorist regime: “no” – to criminal authoritarian Kremlin regime, “yes” – to Russian democratic future.