Russia

Energy 21-09-2021

The weaponisation of Nord Stream 2 has already started

Global market trends surely play a role in explaining the current gas price rally, but the shell game played by the Kremlin is here for everyone to see unless we choose to look the other way, writes Mykhailo Gonchar.
Global Europe 16-09-2021

Brussels should follow Biden’s lead in engaging Russia

Putin's Russia is a consistent source of tension among EU countries, but a certain degree of engagement with this country could deliver tangible benefits for the EU on increasingly urgent issues such as climate change, the Arctic, and cybersecurity, writes Nick Lokker.
Global Europe 25-06-2021

Member states should refrain from bilateral dealings with Russia

The rejection of the EU-Russia Summit should not encourage member states towards having bilateral dealings with Russia, writes Urmas Paet.

How the competition against China could improve NATO

Allowing the US to focus its military resources in the Pacific requires a division of labor within NATO that requires the Europeans to take responsibility for the defense of their continent, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
Global Europe 03-06-2021

Why the EU should punish Russian ‘Kremligarchs’ for Ryanair hijacking

While EU sanctions against Belarusian officials are welcome, Russia’s role should not be ignored by Brussels, argues Ilya Zaslavskiy. But targeting Kremlin cronies, rather than the Russian people, would be much fairer and far cheaper than putting an extra NATO brigade in Eastern Europe.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

The Brief – With Russia, the worst is yet to come

The tensions between Russia and the West are increasing. Unfortunately, we have reason to suspect that the worst is yet to come.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Lessons to be learned from Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy and Vrbetice attack

It seems that Russian vaccine diplomacy is better at triggering political crises than at convincing people to get vaccinated by Sputnik V, writes Miroslava Sawiris. Miroslava Sawiris is a Research Fellow for Democracy and Resilience at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute....
Global Europe 22-04-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Red red line

In his State of the Union speech on Wednesday (21 April), Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West that if it crosses “the red line” with Russia, it should expect an “asymmetrical, swift and harsh” response.
Global Europe 13-04-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Putin’s gamble

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is taking a dangerous gamble, internally and externally. On the one hand, he is slowly killing his political opponent Alexei Navalny in a Gulag-type establishment. On the other, he is creating conditions for a spark to ignite a military conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 25-03-2021

EU-Russia relations: Why cooperative security still matters 

The West needs to learn how to talk with Russia without losing face or credibility, even when values are diametrically opposed. EU leaders must also keep in mind the need for long-term thinking and stop resorting to sanctions as a panacea, as these have proved to have limited effect, write Alexandra Martin and Zachary Paikin.
Global Europe 18-03-2021

The Brief, powered by Eurochild – If words could kill

US President Joe Biden gave an affirmative answer when asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos if he believed Vladimir Putin was a “killer”. You would think that such an important question and answer would have been carefully arranged in advance...
Global Europe 12-03-2021

Biden takes a Realpolitik approach on Nord Stream 2

US President Joe Biden appears to be backing down from blocking the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, signalling that the White House recognises the construction of the $11-billion project is too advanced to be stopped, and that it risks jeopardising the transatlantic alliance, write Robert Dillon and Martin Jirušek.
Global Europe 22-02-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLIA – Russian roulette

EU ministers are meeting today (22 February) to discuss sanctions ranging from putting individual people on a blacklist to the “full monty” of more economic sanctions.
Global Europe 18-02-2021

Borrell’s Moscow trip is a learning experience, not the death of EU foreign policy

Despite EU chief diplomat Joseph Borrell’s Moscow adventure, EU foreign policy has not died, and he should not resign, writes Niklas Novaky. Niklas Novaky is a research officer for EU security and defence policy at the Wilfried Martens Centre in...
Global Europe 09-02-2021

A ‘Résumé’ following the visit to Moscow

The arguments Poland raised prior to High Representative Josep Borrell’s visit to Moscow were disregarded, and now conclusions should be drawn from this. First of all, it is necessary to strengthen the best practice of consulting and formulating our Eastern...
Global Europe 08-02-2021

The Brief, powered by GSMA – A stress test for the EU

Many are criticizing EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell for his Moscow visit, seen as a fiasco and a humiliation for the European Union. We expect to hear calls for his resignation or dismissal in the European Parliament on Tuesday (9 February).
Global Europe 28-01-2021

Protests in Belarus and Russia – new hope for the region and EU values?

Authoritarian regimes support one another and learn each other’s “tips and tricks”, but so do the protesters who aim to topple them. The time is ripe for a change, and the EU should uphold the values they are defending.
Global Europe 27-01-2021

The Brief – Wind of change

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell will go to Russia in the first week of February. The decision to make a rare physical visit in these COVID times is largely on account of the Navalny dossier: Borrell is expected to press for the release of the Kremlin critic.
Energy 26-01-2021

The Brief – EU energy diplomacy, a carrot that could become a stick

Energy is one of the oldest tools in the diplomatic policy box and it should come as no surprise that the EU appears to be actively seeking to export its climate change policy.
Global Europe 19-01-2021

As Russia’s repression grows, the West needs to react

There needs to be a change in strategy towards Russian repressions and brutality both inside and outside of its borders, writes Pavel Havlicek. The new US administration of Joe Biden is an opportunity in this context, he argues.
Azerbaijan 21-12-2020

Opportunity for durable peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be seized

There are already signs for the potential transformation of the conflictual environment around Nagorno-Karabakh into one of cooperation and joint projects, writes Vasif Huseynov. Vasif Huseynov is a senior adviser at the Center of Analysis of International Relations of Azerbaijan....
Energy 04-12-2020

Russia’s Trojan Stream under the Black Sea

The EU’s tacit acceptance of the TurkStream is a serious and dangerous misjudgement of the perils this diversionary pipeline presents, writes Olga Bielkova.
Global Europe 09-11-2020

What future for EU-Russia relations?

The EU and Russia will not be able to overcome their disagreements in the coming decade. But if they so choose, they can come to a pragmatic partnership that safeguards peace and stability in Europe, write Sabine Fischer and Ivan Timofeev.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

Ukraine is a valuable ally in defeating Russian disinformation

Ukraine, the laboratory of Russia’s disinformation techniques, wants to work closely with the EU and NATO to defeat disinformation together, writes Andriy Yermak.