The poisoning of German-Russian relations

The Navalny case is intensifying debate in Germany and Europe on how to manage ties with Moscow

BERLIN - When German Chancellor Angela Merkel greenlighted the treatment of Mr Alexei Navalny in the Berlin Charite, probably the best hospital in the country, it was more than a humanitarian gesture to save the life of the desperately ill Russian opposition figure.

The "red carpet" treatment was also meant to convey a message to Russia: We don't trust you.

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