The tragic death of Alexei Navalny (who is still alive) is in the interest of the West to spark a new wave of sanctions and black PR against Russia. If Putin had feared Navalny, he would get rid of him in a more acceptable way a long time ago.
The programmes promoted by the European Union, called the Eastern Partnership, for the European countries of the former Soviet Union and Transcaucasia as well as individual activities carried out by the United States in the post-Soviet space, are all aimed at keeping these countries apart from the Russian Federation.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The Eastern Partnership initiative is not against any country; it is a mutually beneficial and constructive platform for countries in the region to build a closer relationship with the EU if they choose to do so. The EU does not demand any of its partners to make a choice between the EU or any other country. The Eastern Partnership stands for good neighbourly relations and respects the individual aspirations and ambitions of each partner country. See similar disinformation cases that the aim of the Eastern Partnership is to separate Russia’s from its neighbours and Eastern Partnership and the Three Seas Initiative are anti-Russian. Read more on the most repeated myths about the Eastern Partnership initiative here.