Jean-Claude Juncker, President of European Commission has sent a congratulatory note on Twitter to President Putin on his fourth re-election in which there was no major challenge and the victory was almost sealed. Putin’s victory has come at a time when Russian ties with the West are at the lowest point since Cold War. The recent tensions are in the wake of poisoning of a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Britain. The poisoning is a result of a military grade Novichok nerve agent which was produced only by Russia during the 1970s.
Donald Tusk has however stated that Russia is on the agenda of the next EU Summit in Brussels as EU has taken the attack and the findings of the British government very seriously and has maintained that the possibility of Russian involvement in the attack remains high.
Russia has denied all allegations in the spy poisoning labelling them as absurd theories. It has however promised to assist the UK in the investigations and has asked for proof supporting Britain’s claims. The UK has not demanded any sanctions against Russia presently but has expelled 23 Russian diplomats which have left London a move which has sought retaliatory measures by Russian Federation which has also expelled 23 British diplomats and also closed British Council.