Several European countries are advocating a more pragmatic relationship with Russia. French President Emmanuel Macron said the European Union needed to modernize its relations with Russia, particularly over security matters, to help ensure regional stability. Czech President Milos Zeman renewed calls to remove sanctions on Russia, saying they are detrimental to Europe as well. Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Italy have all raised similar concerns. Perhaps more tellingly, a top transportation official in Estonia asked Russia’s deputy minister of transport to help facilitate planned railway transit between Changchun, China, and Estonia’s Paldiski port. Security, especially security from Russia, has always been a divisive issue in the EU, but its members have so far maintained the unanimity necessary to keep sanctions in place. The seams look like they are beginning to tear.
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