The envisaged cooperation between the Carnegie Moscow Center and the EU-Russia Expert Network on Foreign Policy (EUREN) aims to make a key contribution to Russian and international debates about the challenges the EU and Russia face in their relationship. The main goal of the new project, Russia-EU: Promoting Informed Dialogue, is to establish a platform in Russia for high-quality expert analysis of relations between Russia and the EU.
The EU-Russia Experts Network on Foreign Policy (EUREN) was initiated by the EU Delegation to Russia and the Russian International Affairs Council in 2016 to facilitate interaction between EU and Russian foreign policy experts and think tanks.
Since 2017, EUREN has been part of the EU-funded Public Diplomacy. EU and Russia project. This project offers a platform for dialogue between selected Russian and EU audiences on a broad range of bilateral and global issues.
The project is run in partnership with the EU Delegation to Russia.
Putin could have gotten out of this trap, had the Russian side positively evaluated the limited Western concessions that are on the table: arms control of medium-range weapons systems, as well as confidence-building, transparency, and verification measures in the NATO-Russia borderlands, and measures of crisis communication.
Russian officialdom is increasingly vocal about climate change, yet Russia continues to be hindered in its attempts to promote a different image of the country in this area—not only to foreign observers but also to domestic stakeholders, who are skeptical of Moscow’s promises and whose own efforts are erased in Russian messaging abroad.
If Moscow believes that the main security threat it faces is NATO military infrastructure moving closer to Russia’s western borders, it would make sense to focus on the infrastructure itself rather than the theoretical possibility of NATO expansion.
Moscow’s demands of the United States and NATO are in fact the strategic goals of Russian policy in Europe. If Russia cannot achieve them by diplomatic means, it will resort to other methods.
The new Berlin government is in a difficult spot when it comes to dealing with Russia.
Russia has a unique chance to extend existing long-term contracts with Europe for both pipeline natural gas and LNG—and to agree new ones. Moscow’s export strategy, however, must be more flexible, more open, and accompanied by more friendly rhetoric if it is to seize the opportunity.
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