EU Hopeful About its Relation with Russia

Despite its hostility, the EU believes Russia to be “vital” and should be “engaged” with it. Russia, the EU’s largest neighbor, continues to be a major global player seeking to expand its geopolitical sphere of influence. 

Since Russia’s “watershed” war on Ukraine in 2014, Borrell, who visited Moscow earlier this year, has been clear-eyed about the EU’s threat. Although, Europe should resist aggressive actions it should limit Russia’s ability to sabotage the EU’s interests in several regional crises.  

When dealing with Russia, hybrid tactics, cyberattacks, and disinformation are all part of the game, and relations have deteriorated significantly. This should not, however, be interpreted as a historical inevitability. In truth, the EU and Russia share many common interests and a common culture. As a result, the EU strategy attempts to engage Russia in certain issues where they share common interests, such as climate change. 

On Monday (November 14), EU foreign and defense ministers met in Brussels to discuss the draft, which will be finalized in March. The meetings take place at a sensitive time, with Russia massing forces near Ukraine and Belarus, Russia’s ally, prompting refugees to attack the Polish border.  

Armed aggression, unlawful annexation, unstable states, revisionist powers, and authoritarian regimes all pose a threat. Security and stability in the Western Balkans are still a work in progress. In terms of terrorism, drug smuggling, and irregular migratory flows, Afghanistan will continue to be a major security risk for the EU.