The European Union seeks to have a peaceful relationship with the Russian Federation, through cooperation against terrorism, Europol, the war in Syria and cooperation on international crime. Both of these actors know that Russia is the biggest exporter to the EU.
Both of these actors know that Russia is the biggest exporter to the
We see that, in response to the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, sanctions have been applied to Russia in the form of individual sanctions and economic sanctions. In addition, Russia was excluded from the G8, and the EU-Russia summit was
The present goals of the European Union towards Russia
Russia – NATO relations
The Russian Federation and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are trying to avoid military confrontation and to settle ongoing conflicts. T
They are many issues between these two actors in terms of NATO and Russian military activities along the Eastern borders of Russia. That is aslso including snap exercises, cyber-warfare and Russia’s military presence in Syria.
NATO has to deter future possible Russian threats and coercion, and reassure step by step all of its member states.
It also has to provide more negotiation with Russia and support non-member states by security means.
The Russian strategy in the Euro-Atlantic Environment
Russia is perceived as the loser in the Cold War, and seeks to be respected as a global power and take part in discussions over security and global politics. This means being an effective regional player. As she has demonstrated in Syria.
Russia’s actions are clear. They are focusing on public diplomacy and using soft power towards Europe and the United States. Secondly, they are building pipelines for oil to Europe (Nord Stream II) and have energy deals with China and the Eurasian economic union. In addition, they are building new economic institutions such as development banks in BRICS and Asian investment bank infrastructures.
In recent months, Russia has taken security measures such as the destabilisation of Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, military activity in Syria to support the al-Assad regime, military cooperation with CIS (Commonwealth of Independent states) countries, military involvement in countries such as Georgia and Moldova, and military exercises on Russian-Western borders.
We can conclude our view of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation in terms of what she has succeeded in becoming: a regional hegemony and a necessary partner for solving conflicts. However, at the same time, Russia has suffered losses in terms of economic strength, global image and losing its independence.
-> Collective work of whole participants at the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow, „EU, NATO, US Foreign Policy toward Russian Federation foreign policy“ (presentation/lecture during the certificate at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russian Federation, 17 August 2016).