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Helping Ukraine to Help Ourselves

... stabilize the situation in Ukraine, overcome the current crisis and consolidate society around the most vital task of the country’s development. It is common knowledge that Russia and the leading Western states have wildly different assessments of the Ukrainian crisis with regard to its causes, nature and driving forces. Some of these differences will be very hard to overcome, particularly in the short term. This notwithstanding, it is absolutely clear that both Russia and the West should be extremely ...


A View from Moscow on Ukraine's Presidential Vote

Russia's expectation from the upcoming elections is the appointment of a president that will shift the policy from one of radicalisation and confrontation towards opening a more constructive dialogue The upcoming Ukrainian elections are of crucial significance due to their ability to influence the complex structures of regional security and stability. The election results will indeed impact (although to what extent, remains to be seen) the Russia-Ukraine and the wider Russian-EU relations. Given...


Russia and Ukraine: Four Scenarios for the Future

Relations with Kiev Should be Built on the Same Principles as those with, for Instance, Warsaw, Bratislava or Bucharest Nearly five years have passed since the start of the dramatic events of the Maidan in Kiev that engendered a profound crisis in Russia’s relations with both Ukraine and the West. This is not a short period of time: World War I lasted a little over four years, about five years passed between the start of Perestroika and the collapse of the USSR. All wars and crises come to an...


Selective Engagement between the EU and Russia

This report is based on the results of discussions held by the EU–Russia Expert Network in 2017 and 2018. Four years after the fallout over Ukraine, rivalry and sanctions have become the ‘new normal’ between Russia and the EU. Both sides have become used to a state of affairs where relations are mired in inertia, and are currently both unable and unwilling to change the status quo. This report is based on the results of discussions held by the EU–Russia Expert Network in 2017 and 2018. It states...


Russia-Ukraine Conflict - Will UN Peacekeeping Mission Be Created?

... constant trilateral dialogue that has been held since 2015. The current meeting covers political situation in Russia following the presidential elections and in Ukraine at the beginning of the electoral cycle, the possible role of the EU and the US in Ukrainian crisis resolution, and the modality of the potential UN peacekeeping operation in the Eastern Ukraine. Russian participants include RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, RIAC experts Dmitry Danilov and Sergey Utkin, as well as Tatyana Parkhalina,...


Putin’s Brave New World

... Russian foreign policy more one-sided, with all of the evident shortcomings. On the other hand, in the absence of a constructive engagement with Russia, the European voice has become less articulated and less influential in international relations. The Ukrainian crisis, all of its negative consequences notwithstanding, has clearly demonstrated that it is impossible to provide for stability on the European continent without a close political, economic and security cooperation between Russia and major ...


How Should Russia Respond to an Adversarial West?

Washington is resolved to damaging Russia under Putin as much as it can. But Russia doesn't have to take a hard line This year is the beginning of a new cycle in Russia’s foreign policy. The result of the upcoming presidential election is quite certain: Polls indicate Vladimir Putin has enormous public support. Andrey Kortunov: Russian Approaches to the United States: Algorithm Change Is Overdue Many observers say this means there will be few changes in Russia’s course abroad. Since the end of...


The Price of Peace: The Parameters of a Possible Compromise in Donbass

... to Moscow as well, it is difficult to imagine a situation in which Russia would agree to have its current legal status in the conflict changed. Such a concession would entail a significant revision of the official Russian narrative with regard to the Ukrainian crisis (“the conflict in Donbass is a civil war situation in Ukraine”), as well as a rejection of Russia’s primary achievement in the Minsk II Agreement. At present, Moscow’s position looks stronger than that of Kiev: neither Europe ...


In Search of a Common Home

... to the processes that have been taking place in Europe over the past few years have been fuelled more by emotions than pragmatism. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the response to Europe’s condemnation of Russia’s actions with regard to the Ukrainian crisis. The initial resentment turned into a blistering campaign to convince everyone that European values, and indeed everything related to Europe, is organically alien to Russia, which represents an independent civilization and should mark ...


Minsk Revisited

Prospects for Ukrainian Conflict Resolution Alexander Tabachnik: Ukraine between West and East The appointment of Ambassador Kurt Volker as special envoy for Ukraine signals a renewed interest in Ukraine-related diplomacy in Washington. It is a good time to revisit the troubled Minsk diplomatic process, and to contemplate possible steps toward resolving the conflict necessitates the need to reflect upon on what has gone wrong over the past two years. An international collision over Ukraine began...


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