The need for a strong relationship between Moscow and Brussels is clear, but Europe faces administrative and political barriers to a common policy on Russia and Russia remains unwilling to undertake the reforms that would make it more compatible with the EU.
In his first 100 days in office, Ukrainian President Yanukovych has set a positive new tone in his country's relations with Russia and reaffirmed Ukraine’s strategic orientation towards Europe.
Moldova is Europe's poorest country, and it faces the difficult task of creating the conditions necessary for sustainable development and modernization. The nation's foreign policy is focused on the realization of this aim.
European and Russian experts discuss the key issues affecting Russia-Europe relations.
Lifting visa requirements on travel from Russia to the European Union is likely to bring Russian citizens further into the institutional, normative, and cultural pathways of Europe.
As a new round of Russian-EU negotiations on visa-free travel begins, the difficult task of improving the process by which citizens of Russia and the CIS obtain Schengen visas remains.
For the moment, pragmatism has gained the upper hand over idealism and emotions in Russian-Ukrainian relations. As long as the two countries are willing to work together, they both have a good chance of achieving their core interests.
Neither the expansion of NATO—even if Russia is added—nor the European security pact proposed by Medvedev alone are capable of uniting Europe. What is needed is the creation of a common security zone encompassing all of these states in which war and the use of armed forces would be abolished.
The tragic death of the Polish president might give Poland and Russia a chance to move beyond their historical animosity, but it will still take hard effort on both sides to break away from the past and at long last come to terms with each other.
The visa facilitation agreements with the EU have made getting visas easier and cheaper, but they have not significantly diminished the amount of time it takes, nor have they simplified procedures for obtaining long-term multi-entry visas.