Alexei Navalny

Macron backs Russia dialogue despite Navalny ’mistake’

French President Emmanuel Macron on Feb. 4 said it was essential to continue dialogue with Russia despite its "huge mistake" in jailing opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Macron has long pushed for a working relationship with Russia under President Vladimir Putin and renewed his commitment to the strategy during a question and answer session with the Atlantic Council think tank.

EU Sends Foreign Policy Chief to Moscow as Tensions over Navalny Jail Sentence Mount

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell jets to Moscow on February 4 amid jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and crackdown against protesters. According to the Moscow Times, Borrell's visit marks the first to Russia by a tip EU envoy since 2017.