Articles on Russia

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

Dire strait: Russian naval aggression and Ukrainian politics (Commentary)

Petro Burkovskyi, Oleksiy Haran - 05 December 2018

Kyiv has imposed martial law as a legal framework within which to mobilise national defence, in case Russia engages in coercion designed to establish a new status quo in the Sea of Azov

Ukraine’s new front is Europe’s big challenge (Commentary)

Carl Bildt, Nicu Popescu - 28 November 2018

There’s plenty Europe should do to push back against Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine

Russia’s hired guns in Africa (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 12 November 2018

The involvement of Russian private military companies in Africa is rapidly growing, and with it, their political and economic influence

From information war to intelligence agency battles (Commentary)

Tatiana Stanovaya - 02 November 2018

The unmasking of GRU agents will intensify inter-agency battles between Russian intelligence services, and may stoke yet more conflict with foreign states

Orthodox myths: Greece’s pragmatic approach towards Russia (Commentary)

Constantinos Filis - 29 October 2018

Greece is not the fertile ground for Russia that its critics fear it to be, even under Syriza

Strategy on ice: Has Russia already won the scramble for the Arctic? (Commentary)

Joanna Hosa - 26 October 2018

Russia has already – literally – staked its claim to vast tracts of the Arctic, and now China is looking northward too. Can other countries catch up when they are already so far behind?

To INF or not to INF? How unilateral withdrawal helps Moscow get away with treaty violations (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 24 October 2018

American withdrawal from the cold war era INF Treaty would do nothing to strengthen security in the US or Europe, and would allow Moscow to get away with repeated violations

Ministry of foreign assassinations: Killings, disappearances, and the challenge to the liberal order (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 22 October 2018

If Europe refrains from punishing state-sponsored assassinations and disappearances, not only will authoritarian regimes continue their repressive tactics, but the EU will lose its ability to defend its common area of freedom, security, and justice 

Russia, Ukraine, and the battle for religion (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 11 October 2018

The Ukrainian church pushes for independence from Moscow. The split will undermine Putin’s vision of a ‘Russian world’ and accelerate Ukraine’s cultural separation from Russia