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Erik Jones, director of European and Eurasian studies at Johns Hopkins University on European unity in the Skripal case

Host Oksana Boyko invites Erik Jones, director of European and Eurasian studies at Johns Hopkins University to discuss why Europe appears to be divided on the Skripal case and Russian policy in general.

Some 152 Russian diplomats have were expelled from the UK and its allies at the height of the Russian-British row over the Skripal case. More than two dozen European countries followed London’s lead to “punish” the Kremlin for its alleged part in the chemical agent attack. However, some European governments didn’t rush to jump on the bandwagon of accusations and expulsions. What if Britain’s narrative of Russia’s guilt proves to be false? Will the anti-Russia rhetoric backfire?

Oksana and her guest face off in a heated discussion on whether Britain’s relations with Europe and the US will be at risk should the UK’s accusations turn out to be inaccurate. Professor Erik Jones suggests they wouldn’t fundamentally change and could even strengthen from the experience, as it was in the case of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 on what came out as erroneous claims Saddam Hussein had WMD. 

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