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  • Russia and the European Union: Lessons Learned and Goals Ahead

    The current crisis and pause in development of the EU–Russia relations provide a unique chance to shed the burden of past problems and start new relations from scratch. Both sides should sort out their values and get rid of the ballast generated by the bureaucratic inertia or false understandings of partnership. Russia and Europe are unlikely to evolve a common vision for the future. Their future is not in unity but in co-existing next to each other. It is time that Russia and the EU clearly formulate their real interests and try to make relations predictable.

    November 2016

    Eurasian Economic Union: A Preliminary Assessment

    Eurasian Economic Union: A Preliminary Assessment

    Is the Eurasian Economic Union aimed at reincarnating the Soviet Union minus the Marxist ideology? While some in Russia assert that the term “union” symbolically harkens back to the Soviet Union, many outside Russia fear that it could be so.

    December 01, 2014

    Crimean crisis: A New Phase of Cold War?

    Putin seems to have concluded that Russia must draw the line at Ukraine. The EU bid to sign trade agreement with Ukraine in December drew Russia’s ire and now Russia has moved to make Crimea its part thus changing the borders in Europe once again and deepening the distrust between Russia and the West at a time when serious issues like Syria, Iran and Afghanistan are yet to be resolved.

    March 21, 2014

    NATO-Russia relations: a new beginning?

    A summit meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) took place in Lisbon on 19 November 2010.

    November 30, 2010

    Deauville Summit

    The Deauville summit gave the leaders of France, Germany and Russia an opportunity to co-ordinate their positions on many issues.

    November 29, 2010

    The EU on the Georgia-Russia Conflict

    The outcome of the deliberations at the September 1 Extraordinary European Council meeting held to discuss the Russian-Georgian conflict was not very dramatic. Gordon Brown penned a scathing article in The Observer and attempted to set a high pitch for the meeting by presenting the conflict as ‘naked aggression’ by Russia and advocating that the EU review ‘root and branch’ its relationship with Russia.

    September 10, 2008

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