Maria Belyak's Blog
Russia’s gas disputes with Ukraine in 2006 and 2009 that led to the disruption of supplies to several member states, its conflict with Georgia in 2008 and constant disagreements with the West over the situation with civil and political rights had elevated the mistrust between Brussels and Moscow to an unprecedented level, and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, serious as it has been, was merely a trigger that opened Pandora’s box of antagonisms that both sides had been harbouring for quite some time. The question that ought to be asked though is whether the Strategic Partnership Agreement failed because of the systemic unresolved problems in Russia-EU relations that have been accumulating over the years or due to its framework that was unworkable from the start, and the answer is that it is both.
The establishment of the Strategic Partnership between Russia and the EU back in 1994 was perceived as a huge step in their bilateral relationship. In the early 2000s it even seemed to move forward: in 2003 four EU-Russia ‘common spaces’ were formulated…
In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements 33 (31%) U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity 30 (28%) U.S. wants to dissolve Russia 24 (22%) U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China 21 (19%)