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Politics & press news – Embassy 56

Europe ‘sleepwalked’ into Ukraine Crisis, say Lords

Britain and the EU have been accused of a “catastrophic misreading” of the mood in the Kremlin in the run-up to the crisis in Ukraine, a House of Lords EU Committee report has claimed.

Saying the UK and EU “sleepwalked” into the crisis, the Committee blames a lack of Russia experts at the FCO for not anticipating the depth of Russian hostility to plans for closer relations with Ukraine.

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