The European Union flag flies among others in front of St.Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. At least 25 countries have ordered out more than 120 Russia diplomats in response to the March 4 attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. Photo: AFP

Compromise needed to avoid entering a new cold war

The tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats over the poisoning of a former double agent and his daughter has highlighted the growing tension between Russia and the West. Avoiding escalation will not be easy, but doing so will require the West to reassess the pressure it has been piling on Russia through absorbing its neighbours into institutions in the name of stability and security

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The European Union flag flies among others in front of St.Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. At least 25 countries have ordered out more than 120 Russia diplomats in response to the March 4 attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. Photo: AFP
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