In 2019, significant changes in the domestic political landscapes and leadership in Ukraine and Moldova brought a new impetus to Russian foreign policy in the region. Vladimir Zelenskiy swept the political system in Ukraine, taking executive and legislative branches under his full control. Pro-Russian Party of Socialists won parliamentary elections in Moldova and unexpectedly formed a ruling coalition with pro-EU forces, even if short-lived. In the meantime, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko prepares for his re-election next year by “cutting a new window to Europe”, whereas his government is negotiating deeper integration with Moscow.
These developments arguably offer a momentum for Russia to recast its policies in the region. This seminar discusses and compares the three “faces” of Russian foreign policy – towards Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus respectively – and the main differences in its approaches. What are the key changes and how are they perceived in these countries? And what are the key implications of the new initiatives for development and security in the region and beyond?
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Maija Salonen, Project Manager, FIIA, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 9 432 7727