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Why EU Report Calling for Regime Change in Russia is Last Ditch Effort to Save the Bloc's Relevance

Earlier this month, EU foreign policymakers issued a draft report on the direction of the bloc's political relations with Russia. The document does not see Russia as an equal partner with the West and "legitimises" the EU to interfere in the country's domestic affairs and overhaul its political system, notes Norwegian Professor Glenn Diesen.

An EU document compiled by MEP Andrius Kubilius, a former prime minister of Lithuania, declares Russia a "threat" and calls for deterring it through different means, including Russia's expulsion from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), halting the Nord Stream 2 project, and stepping up sanctions against the country. It specifically targets the Russian government, proposing to launch international probes and trials against it as well as setting up "EU tribunals".

On top of this, the EP draft urges the EU to be prepared "not to recognise the parliament of Russia" after the upcoming 2021 legislative elections in the country and to ask for "Russia's suspension from international organisations with parliamentary assemblies", based on a premise that Russia's democracy does not correspond to European values and its election system cannot be trusted.

The document employs self-righteous, aggressive, and undiplomatic language and is calling for nothing short of regime change in Russia, deems Professor Glenn Diesen from the University of South-Eastern Norway.

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