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Russia-EU break possible but unwanted

... presidential decree, assessed how real the threat is and what consequences it could lead to. It is necessary to make it clear what "a possible break with the EU" means – whether cutting relations with individual European countries or with European Union structures, said Kortunov. "If we talk about EU countries, we shouldn’t forget that they now account for more than 40% of Russia's trade turnover, they are the main source of investments and technologies that go to Russia. No one ...


Abkhazia, Georgia and Russia: Future Prospects

... after the Russo-Georgian war in 2008 and the subsequent recognition of the state’s independence by Russia and a handful of other countries. This occurred in the background of Georgia’s turn towards the West, and its long-term aspirations to join the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Given Abkhazia’s lack of international recognition, and it being nearly dependent on Russia for its survival (Ambrosio & Lange 2015) Russia has a big say in deciding the future of the state....


Removed Diplomacy: Why U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Have Gone Stale

Although sanctions have affected the Russian economy, it continues to grow and become resilient towards increased trade barriers Since 2014, Russian and American diplomacy has been defined by economic sanctions. This has become the default, expected option for U.S. policymakers—but Russia has refused to concede, repent and ask for forgiveness. The U.S. had hoped Russia would experience just enough economic hardship that they would revert their course, retract their reunification with Crimea, and...


Why Is Europe Hostile Towards Russia?

.... At the dawn of the 21st century, it was clear to everyone that, due to objective reasons, Russia would not be able to become a full-fledged member of the military, political and economic associations that existed in Europe at the time, meaning the European Union and NATO. That is why mechanisms were put in place to help the sides build relations and cooperate in various fields. Bilateral relations developed significantly in just a few years as a result. The European Union became Russia’s main ...


The EU as a Significant Initiator of Sanctions

What does the EU sanctions policy actually look like? How often does the EU impose sanctions in comparison with other players? Who are they against? Improving the mechanism of economic sanctions is one of the most important priorities of the European Union’s foreign policy. Sanctions are a tool to achieve political goals through financial, trade and other restrictions. The importance of this instrument for the EU is determined by at least three factors. First, the European Union has enormous ...


Meeting with Ambassador of Portugal to Russia Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro

... February 12, 2021, Igor Ivanov, RIAC President, had a meeting with Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro, Ambassador of Portugal to Russia. The discussion focused on the issues related to the state and prospects of the development of relations between Russia and the European Union in the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting from January, as well as the plans for the following traditional scientific-social event prepared by RIAC and the presiding country. The discussion ...


RIAC and Aspen Institute Italia Discuss Russian-European Relations

On February 8, 2021, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, took part in a working meeting with Marta Dassu, Senior Director of European Affairs at The Aspen Institute Italia On February 8, 2021, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, took part in a working meeting with Marta Dassu, Senior Director of European Affairs at The Aspen Institute Italia. The online meeting was held as part of a joint RIAC and the Aspen Institute project on the analysis of Russian-European relations. The sides discussed...


Meeting with Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of European External Action Service Enrique Mora

... Secretary General for Political Affairs of European External Action Service, visiting Moscow. During the meeting, the sides discussed topical issues of Russia-the EU relations on the eve of the official visit of Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to Moscow. Ambassador Markus Ederer, Head of the EU Delegation to Russia, also took part in the discussion.


Europe’s Danse Macabre With the Pandemic and the Vaccine Wars Geoeconomics

A successful vaccination effort is the only sustainable way to help the economic recovery globally It has not been that long since Europe was experiencing a more relaxed Christmas period only to kick start 2021 with more lockdown restrictions related to the finding of a new variant of the virus, which has been fundamental in reshaping our human existence since early 2020. The threat posed by the new strain of COVID-19 is only adding fuel to the frustration felt by many across the continent, which...


Why Russia-EU Relations Remain Stable Against All Odds

Russia and the EU have ceased to experiment with mutual illusions It is generally accepted that relations between Russia and the European Union have been in a deplorable state for the seventh year. The reasons for their deterioration appear with regular frequency, forming a fancy piggy bank of toxic assets: the Ukrainian crisis, the Skripals case, cyber incidents, and now the Navalny ...


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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