European Parliament: EU must do more to counter Russia's 'aggressive and divisive policies'



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STRASBOURG, France — European Parliament members say Russia is no longer acting like a strategic partner of the European Union, and the EU must do more to oppose Russia's "aggressive and divisive policies."

By a 494-to-135 vote, the parliament called Wednesday on the EU's executive arm to spend more to counter what it called Russian misinformation and propaganda, and to help independent citizens' groups inside Russia.

Parliament member Gabrielius Landsbergis said Russia's annexation of Crimea and continued "aggression" against Ukraine have brought relations with Europe to a crossroads.

Landsbergis said, "It is up to the Kremlin to decide now which way it will go — cooperation or deepening alienation."

EU heads of state and government will discuss the bloc's policy toward Russia when they hold a summit meeting in Brussels on June 25-26.

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