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... much to intensify tensions between Russia and the EU, particularly the Baltic States. While the Baltic States are institutionally dependent on the EU and NATO, the nature of relations in this specific case are more complex than the relations between Western Europe and Russia. The irony is that Moscow, technically, is capable of establishing good ties with Portugal, Greece, Italy, Germany, and any other Western European country, but it wouldn't solve the problems or change the nature of Russian relations ...
pursuing security and survival of the regime;
developing and maintaining great-power status;
exerting influence within the near abroad in order to pull these countries into its sphere of influence;
increasing cooperation and trade with Western Europe;
undermining enlargement of the European Union and NATO into the post-Soviet space.
It is assumed that Moscow will use “measures short of war” as a tactic. This term was introduced by George Kennan in the late 1940s to denote the hostile ...
... growing number of terrorist attacks in the EU and Russia, and the influence of the radical Islamist ideology and its broad appeal, from representatives of the demographic youth boom in the Middle East to quite prosperous descendants of Islamic migrants in Western Europe.
Russia — Europe: the Need for a Common Vision
NATO was not prepared for the new challenges. The member countries are tasked with increasing their defence spending and purchasing new weapons and equipment. The Ukraine crisis triggered ...
... (“Orthodox,” “Catholic,” “Islamic,” “Buddhist,” etc.) is meaningless, as it would take us back to the irrational Middle Ages. And the sooner humanity accepts this and sets about the universal process of Reformation along the lines of the Western European model, the better.
Protestantism became the ideological basis for the formation of national European governments.
Second, a compromise position is possible, one in which Western European Protestantism is recognized as the only alternative, but ...
... Position Paper Released
A group of prominent Members and Supporters of the Pan-European
Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe
including former foreign and defence ministers and senior officials from Russia, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Poland,... ... Finland
has joined forces to appeal to the leadership of the countries in the Euro-Atlantic area to
halt the downward spiral in West-Russia relations and manage its risks better through developing a more stable and sustainable security relationship
) held a seminar “European Security: Challenges at the Societal Level.”
The participants of the seminar discussed the draft report prepared by the OSCE Network and addressed the following issues: the future of the European order; Russian and Western interests in the military-political and economic spheres; challenges and threats to security, as well as tools to ensure the latter; compliance with the principles and norms of international law.
The seminar was attended by the authors of the ...
... trade and investment. It turned out that economic interdependence does not guarantee sound political relations and, conversely, a crisis may well disrupt good business. And since any substantial alignment of geopolitical and ideological views with the West is nowhere in our sight, transferring stakes to other regions and diversifying Russia’s international portfolio seems rather pragmatic.
Russia and Europe: New Rules
of the Game
East Asia is the first choice for such a hedging policy, when you consider Russia's grand state-building strategy. It involves bringing about qualitatively new economic development for the country's Siberia and the Far East ...
... origins in international law, and to determine how they may be transcended.
In its analysis of the experts’ deliberations, the ELN found fundamentally different interpretations, on both sides, to critical questions relating to the evolution of the European security order; the expansion of NATO; past military interventions; the right to self-determination; and the right to succession.
The nature of the problem:
The dominant western media narrative on the crisis in Russia-West relations is that, through its annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine, Russia has behaved aggressively, has broken international law, and the core policy challenge for the West is ...
... Missile Treaty (ABM) and Russia’s withdrawal from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), certain concerns about compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), and finally with NATO moving eastwards and the West’s support of regime change in the post-Soviet space, European security has degraded significantly since 1991. According to him, new inclusive agreements should be discussed, in part because not all of the new armaments are covered by the arms-control regimes.
Several German participants claimed that besides ...