Search: Rapprochement,Eastern Partnership (2 materials)

Haughty by nature: on the EU’s outward rhetoric

... influence over its policies, the Kremlin has not set any politico-legal conditions to accession; economic integration is what it says and what it means. The symbolism of it all Apart from the early planning stages, Russia has not taken part in the Eastern Partnership or the European Neighbourhood Policy. Amongst a number of practical reasons, they fear it endangers their own regional integration projects as well as their own rapprochement with the EU. But let’s not underestimate the role of national pride here. How could the world’s largest country by territory, a crucial global player in economic, military, and foreign policy terms, accept being put into the ...


Stalemate at Uzhhorod: on the faux rapprochement between the EU and Ukraine

... easily result in her being locked up for life. No less counter-effective was the (alleged) rigging of last year’s parliamentary elections. As Martin Lukac rightly points out in his insightful article on the Russian attitude to the EU-Ukrainian rapprochement, there are signs of a lack of political will both to release the leading figures of the Orange Revolution and to address the issues of the bloc’s concerns. According to what was agreed last Monday, Mr Yanukovych now has until the Eastern Partnership summit due to take place in Vilnius in November to take action – and he seems unlikely to do so. What Europe has to offer is clear enough: access to its 500 million-strong market, free movement of capital, education and labour ...


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  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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