Russia’s illegal and brutal war against Ukraine has led to a profound change in Europe’s security landscape, and powerfully questioned the Russia policy of the European Union and many of its member states, including Finland. The EU has responded to Russia’s military aggression with unprecedented sanctions, as well as providing Ukraine economic assistance and military materiel aid – for the first time in its history – in the context of a broader Western effort. Russia’s “weaponization” of dependencies such as energy relations have further strained Europe’s relations with Russia. This webinar will discuss lessons learnt and the longer-term prospects for EU-Russia relations from a northern European perspective. How can we assist Ukraine and respond to Russia’s escalation of the war? What are the key elements of restoring peace in Europe and building a sustainable security architecture for the continent’s future?
Paul Schmidt, Secretary General, the Austrian Society for European Politics
Heidi Hautala, Vice-President of the European Parliament
Oleksiy Melnyk, Co-Director, Razumkov Centre, Ukraine
Sinikukka Saari, Leading Researcher, FIIA
Juha Jokela, Programme Director, FIIA
This event marks the publication of the book Russia and the Future of Europe: Views from the capitals edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak and Paul Schmidt. The book sheds light on how Member States and EU neighbours relate to Russia.