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Experts and Diplomats from Russia and the EU Countries Discuss Relations between Russia and the EU during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

... European Union, assessment of the state of relations between Russia and the EU and prospects for their development, possible consequences for bilateral relations in connection with the suspension of official contacts between Russia and NATO, policy of Russia and the EU in the Western Balkans region, some countries of which intending to become members of the European Union, and a number of other issues. The meeting was moderated by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC General Director, and Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Director of Programs. Elena Karpinskaya,...


Online Workshop on the Prospects for Cooperation between Russia and Serbia in the Context of COVID-19

... Russia-Serbia mutually beneficial cooperation, which is possible in the near or medium term, provided that Moscow has a more systemic and clear approach to the entire spectrum of processes taking place not only in Serbia and its regions, but in the Balkans in general. Experts agreed that the coronavirus pandemic has had a serious destructive impact on bilateral cooperation in many areas, in particular, scientific, educational and economic. The participants also agreed that today Russia needs to build a clear foreign policy strategy with regard to the Balkan region and to maximize cultural and humanitarian cooperation, which, in turn, can serve as an incentive for further breakthroughs on the political, economic and other tracks ...


RIAC and EU Delegation Workshop on the EU-Russia Relations in the Western Balkans

On June 8, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council, the Embassy of Croatia in Russia, and the Delegation of the European Union to Russia held a joint online workshop to discuss the EU-Russia relations in the Western Balkans On June 8, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council, the Embassy of Croatia in Russia, and the Delegation of the European Union to Russia held a joint online workshop to discuss the EU-Russia relations in the Western Balkans. The discussion focused on the EU priority ...


Addressing Unresolved Challenges in U.S.-Russia Relations

... Meanwhile, the drivers of instability in the Balkans are mainly domestic: the poor state of the economy, corruption, and regimes captured by patronage networks. In contrast to Ukraine, moreover, local leaders have been instrumental in bringing the U.S.-Russian rivalry to the Balkans. Fortunately, the economic stakes are low: the region’s six non-EU states have a total population and GDP that is smaller than Romania’s. The region could thus become a site of trust/confidence-building between the United States and Russia ...


Neutrality for the Black Sea Region Countries: Abstraction, Unattainable Goal or Effective Model?

... Region Similarly, the Transnistrian Settlement Process, and the development of Moldova as a whole, are inextricably linked to Romania and Ukraine. Turkey is a strategic ally of Azerbaijan and the primary geopolitical opponent of Armenia. Meanwhile, Russia is looking for ways to build up its positions in the Balkans. The self-determination of the former Serbian Autonomous Province of Kosovo is of vital importance to the Black Sea Region as a whole. Some see it as an example of “humanitarian intervention” and so-called “remedial secession” to prevent ...


The Current Trends in Russia–EU Relations

... political coalition in Moldova in the autumn of 2019 is a negative sign), and the further divergence of stances on the Donbass settlement will have a particularly negative effect on relations. The intensification of sub-regional competition between Russia and the European Union (this competition appears to be particularly dangerous in the Western Balkans, given the possibility of an acute political crisis in one or more of the countries in the region). The intensification of the information war in Europe (in particular, the European Union may approve a “blacklist” of Russian media outlets,...


Southeast Europe Today. Immediate Development Prospects

... the drain of the working-age population and the high unemployment rates. The so-called “stabilization and destabilization scenarios” in the Balkans had a large hand in predicting the situation in the region. Stabilization Scenarios: 2016–2019 Russia in the Balkans Broadly speaking, stabilization in the Balkans means the normalization of relations both between the states in the region and between these states and external actors. The key provision of such a scenario is the resolution of the ongoing crisis ...


RIAC–CSIS Expert Meeting on the Prospects for Development of Russia-U.S. Relations

... (CSIS) hosted expert meeting on the prospects for the development of Russia-the U.S. relations. The meeting was part of a long-term bilateral project conducted jointly by RIAC and CSIS since 2015. The discussion focused on the situation in the Western Balkans, challenges of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, U.S. sanctions against Russia, prospects for Russia-the U.S. relations after the presidential elections in the USA in November 2020. Russian side at the meeting was represented by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, as well as experts Maxim Samorukov and Julia Roknifard ...


One in 300 Million. Serbia After Putin

... political event for Serbia, and an “empty” one for Russia in terms of its prospects in the country, given the events of 2018 and the content of the meeting itself. A Simplified Approach to Assessing the Results of Putin’s Visit RIAC Longread “Russia in the Balkans” The arrival of the President of the Russian Federation did allow Aleksandar Vučić to demonstrate that he enjoys the support both of Washington (which in many ways is doubtful) and Moscow, a city beloved by a large part of the Serbian population....


Possible International “Package Solution” Formats on the Balkans Issue

... states have accumulated so much of their own crisis potential for the moment that it is impossible for them to cope with all the challenges that are shattering the region. Brussels simply has neither resources, nor desire to do it. RIAC Longread “Russia in the Balkans”: Interests of the Leading Actors, Russia’s Presence in Southeast Europe and Russia’s New Strategy The United States is pushing forward only those decisions that assure their influence on the pan-European processes as well as strengthen ...


Poll conducted

  1. 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%)
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