The poisoning of German-Russian relations

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

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2020, with the headline 'The poisoning of German-Russian relations'. Print Edition | Subscribe