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British Prime Minister Theresa May has finally had a good crisis.The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election to a fourth term – a move that rankled the U.K.It is widely assumed that the U.K.'s weak response to similar incidents, not least the 2006 murder of the Russian defector and former spy Alexander Litvinenko, has convinced Putin that he can get away with such provocations.But Putin may also have anticipated the public outrage over the attack on the Skripals and calculated that EU member states with pro-Russian governments – namely, Hungary, Greece and, soon, Italy – would veto any strong EU response. By this reasoning, Putin could drive an even larger wedge between Britain and Europe, thus advancing his long-standing goal of undermining European solidarity.The U.K., having singled itself out, is a prime target for a dunking.Mark Malloch-Brown, a former U.N. deputy secretary-general and British Cabinet minister, chairs Best for Britain, an organization fighting to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union.
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