UDC 327(4-672EU:470)]:(477)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 67 (2016)
Vol. 67, No 1161, pp. 5-17
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 25 Nov 2015
Accepted: 25 Dec 2015

EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS IN THE LIGHT OF UKRAINE CRISIS

Gajić Aleksandar Saša (Institut za evropske studije – Beograd), romero@eunet.rs

This paper observes the evolution of EU-Russia relations from the end of the Cold War to the beginning of the Ukraine crisis and the following civil war. These relations evolved from Russia`s tolerant view on EU eastern enlargement and mutual cooperation, to the disputes over “Еuropean neighbor policy” and whole spectra of other issues. All of these problems were consequences of different geopolitical concepts and “natures” of both Russia and the EU. The paper further analyses classical and contemporary position of Ukraine and the influences of great powers geo-strategies on its crisis, which brought to the stronger confrontation of the EU and Russia, but also to the attempts of some of most important EU members to participate, together with Russia, in peace negotiations between belligerent powers.

Keywords: EU-Russia relations, European neighbor policy, Ukraine crisis, geopolitics, sanctions