Putin's Calculated Charm Offensive
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As Russia’s economy reels from sanctions following its annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine, Moscow is doing its best to undermine European Union solidarity against Russian aggression. The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has claimed that “Cyprus is the most trustworthy voice for Russia within the EU.” But in fact there is competition for this accolade from Greece, several central and eastern European states and even Italy.
Michael Leigh, a former European Commission director-general, is senior adviser to the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
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