The Future of EU-Russia Relations : A Way Forward in Solidarity and the Rule of Law

06-02-2009

Executive summary The relationship with Russia has become a highly divisive issue for the EU. The crises affecting it are increasingly frequent and serious. The past twelve months alone have seen the relationship damaged by the war in Georgia, by Russia’s decision to cut off gas supplies in the midst of a very cold winter, and by the stop-and-go of the negotiations for a successor to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The future is likely to bring new tensions, as both Russia and its neighbours will be hit hard by the global economic crisis. As this paper argues, the basis for a better EU-Russia relationship is neither confrontation, nor isolation, nor unconditional cooperation, but a policy based on solidarity and the rule of law. [...]

Executive summary The relationship with Russia has become a highly divisive issue for the EU. The crises affecting it are increasingly frequent and serious. The past twelve months alone have seen the relationship damaged by the war in Georgia, by Russia’s decision to cut off gas supplies in the midst of a very cold winter, and by the stop-and-go of the negotiations for a successor to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The future is likely to bring new tensions, as both Russia and its neighbours will be hit hard by the global economic crisis. As this paper argues, the basis for a better EU-Russia relationship is neither confrontation, nor isolation, nor unconditional cooperation, but a policy based on solidarity and the rule of law. [...]

Autorzy zewnętrzni

Andrew Wilson, Nicu Popescu and Pierre Noël (European Council on Foreign Relations - ECFR)