Articles on Russia

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

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