Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Western aggression against Russia.
On 8 February 2021, Poland initiated a videoconference of representatives of 27 EU member states with associates of the imprisoned leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny. The topics of the videoconference included the visit of the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borell, to Moscow, and the sanctions against the Kremlin's elite demanded by Alexei Navalny's associates.
The detention of Mr. Navalny following his return to Russia from Germany, where he was treated for the poisoning with Novichok-type nerve agent, has been condemned by the EU.
One of the 5 principles guiding the EU policy regarding Russia includes support to civil society. Read more about the EU-Russia relations here.
The EU High Representative for International Affairs Josep Borrell travelled to Moscow on 4-6 February 2021, to test whether the Russian government was interested in reversing the negative trend in EU-Russia relations. According to the HRVP:
"The Russian authorities did not want to seize this opportunity to have a more constructive dialogue with the EU. This is regrettable and we will have to draw the consequences."
See related disinformation cases, alleging that the actions in support of Navalny is an episode in the West's war against Russia; that EU sanctions against Russia are illegal; that the Western leaders made calls for escalation of violence in Russia.