Articles on Russia

A foot in the door? Russia’s International Investment Bank moves to Hungary (Commentary)

András Rácz - 18 March 2019

Budapest's decision to host a revived Soviet-era bank could provide its Russian employees with sweeping diplomatic immunities and hinder action in the event of a security threat. 

Familiarity breeds contempt: Why Russia makes mistakes on the world stage (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 14 March 2019

For all the accepted wisdom to the contrary, Russia is largely failing to achieve its core foreign policy objectives

Europe, Russia, and the laws of nature: Importance of the EP election (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 11 March 2019

The outcome of May's European Parliament elections will inform Moscow's understanding of the EU as a political actor on the global stage - but what message will Europe send? 

Negative energy: Berlin’s Trumpian turn on Nord Stream 2 (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 February 2019

Berlin's handling of the controversial Nord Stream 2 project reveals double standards and neglect of the pipeline's security repercussions. 

Russia’s pivot to the east: Where does it leave the EU? (Commentary)

Zachary Paikin - 21 February 2019

As relations between the EU and Russia remain frosty, Moscow has pivoted towards Beijing in search of deeper strategic cooperation. How can Europe re-engage with a Russia increasingly focused on (Eur)asia? 

Can Belarus become a success story of European security? (Commentary)

Yauheni Preiherman - 21 February 2019

Western observers continue to misread Belarus – and to overlook the strengthened diplomatic and security roles it could play in eastern Europe

Russian mercenaries on the march: next stop Venezuela? (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 01 February 2019

With Russian contractors reportedly active in Venezuela, how far will Moscow go to protect its regional interests and ambitions?

Happy Christmas, Ukraine (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 09 January 2019

On 7 January, Ukrainians celebrated a double-holiday: Orthodox Christmas and the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox church

Into the jungle (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 08 January 2019

Europeans and Americans are failing to coordinate their Russia policies. At a time when the old world order is disappearing fast, their loss of normative unity may actually be helpful.

Nord Stream 2: ECFR opinions (Commentary)

Piotr Buras & Josef Janning & Kadri Liik & Nicu Popescu - 20 December 2018

Nord Stream 2 is a contentious project - here, ECFR experts weigh in on the debate with an array of opinions on the topic