France, Russia
Moscow arrest of Frenchman slams door on parallel diplomacy

French researcher Laurent Vinatier is escorted by a Russian law enforcement officer before his pre-trial detention hearing in Moscow on 7 June 2024. He was arrested the day before in a café in the Russian capital.
French researcher Laurent Vinatier is escorted by a Russian law enforcement officer before his pre-trial detention hearing in Moscow on 7 June 2024. He was arrested the day before in a café in the Russian capital. © Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP
Russia has sent out a double message with the arrest of Laurent Vinatier in Moscow. The Frenchman's detention illustrates worsening relations between Paris and the Kremlin and sparked concern among organisations that use parallel diplomacy to seek peace. [...]
Published on 07.06.2024 at 14:45 GMT Reading time 3 minutes

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