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Is the EU softening in its opposition to Russia?

European leaders have called for urgent arms talks with Russia, the country many European states blame for funding populist political parties in the EU and accuse of cyber-attacks in a bid to confuse the electorate. The EU slapped sanctions on Moscow after it annexed Crimea in 2014, the Ukraine crisis leading to the worst freeze in East-West relations since the Cold War.

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But recent elections in Eastern Europe - in Moldova or EU member Bulgaria for example - have seen pro-Russian candidates elected.

In France, the centre-right presidential candidate François Fillon is calling for an end to the sanctions and says the EU provoked Moscow by expanding NATO's presence. A number of EU countries were already lukewarm about the sanctions. Now, with the impending arrival of Donald Trump at the White House, support for them looks to be waning across the EU.

So is the EU softening in its opposition to Russia? Should it?

A programme presented by Eve Irvine

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Anaïs Guérard.

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