Global Affairs

Russia and the West

A new round of Russia-bashing in the West bodes ill for European and global power dynamics

LONDON • "This Russia-bashing has to be brought to an end", proclaimed Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, the European Union's executive body, a few days ago.

Mr Juncker's appeal startled both governments and most commentators across the European continent. For how could the European Union's most senior official dare urge improved relations with Russia literally hours after a Dutch-led international committee of criminal investigators produced exhaustive and very precise evidence that a Russian missile battery shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft over Ukraine, a crime in which 298 people perished?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Russia and the West'. Print Edition | Subscribe