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Europe’s Top Diplomat to Visit Russia Despite Eastern Opposition

  • Five EU governments protested against Borrell’s plan Tuesday
  • Most member states support engagement with Putin government
Alexey Navalny is escorted by a police officer in Khimki, Russia, on Jan. 17.
Alexey Navalny is escorted by a police officer in Khimki, Russia, on Jan. 17.Photographer: Sergei Bobylev/TASS/Getty Images

The European Union’s top diplomat is set to announce that he will travel to Moscow as early as February to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov despite at least five nations asking him to defer the trip following the arrest of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

At a meeting of senior EU diplomats on Tuesday, ambassadors from Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland warned that Russia would use the meeting for propaganda purposes, according to a note summarizing the discussion seen by Bloomberg.