Avoiding a New ‘Cold War’: The Future of EU-Russia Relations in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis

Relations between the European union (EU) and Russia have been traditionally characterised by the dichotomy between conflict and cooperation. This has influenced the abstract nature of the EU-Russia strategic partnership. The Ukraine crisis has had a deep impact on the Eu’s foreign policy and its approach towards Russia. It highlighted that the EU’s eastern neighbourhood is characterised by intense geopolitical competition with Russia.The crisis also underscored the  weakness of the EU’s ‘low politics’ approach in its relations with Russia and post-Soviet space. On the other hand, Russia’s actions in Ukraine have made EU member states more willing to act together and take a harder line against Moscow. Thus, EU-Russia relations have entered a period of stalemate.

This Special Report evaluates the way the Ukraine crisis affected EU-Russia relations and provides recommendations on how cooperation might be restored and the stalemate overcome. At the same time, it takes a broader perspective of EU-Russia relations by looking at their complex economic, political, and security interactions, but also their divergent approaches to various salient issues on the regional and global agenda.

PDF: Avoiding a New ‘Cold War’: The Future of EU-Russia Relations in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis LSE Ideas Special Report (March, 2016): edited by Cristain Nitoiu (2016)

About the authors

  • Editor: Cristain Nitoiu is a Dahrendorf Forum Postdoctoral Fellow on Europe-Russia relations, London School of Economics.
  • Roy Allison is Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations, University of Oxford and Member of the Dahrendorf Working Group Europe and Russia and Ukraine relations.
  • Tom Casier is Academic Director of the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS).
  • Maxine David is a Lecturer in the Institute for History, Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University.
  • Tuomas Forsberg is Professor of International Politics at the University of Tampere.
  • Sergii Glebov is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Odessa National Mechnikov University.
  • Alexey Gromyko is Director of the Institute of Europe (RAS) and President of the Russian Association of European Studies (AES).
  • Hiski Haukkala is a Special Adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
  • Christopher Hartwell is President of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Warsaw.
  • Andrei Kazantsev is Director of the Analytical Centre of Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
  • Elena Korosteleva Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of International Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent and Member of the Dahrendorf Working Group Europe and Russia and Ukraine relations.
  • David Lane Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.
  • Fyodor Lukyanov is editor of Russia in Global Affairs Journal
  • Richard Sakwa Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent.
  • Alexander Titov is Lecturer in modern European history at Queen’s Belfast.
  • Vladislav Zubok is Chair of the Dahrendorf Working Group Europe and Russia and Ukraine relations.