Russia and European Security and Defence Policy: Problematic „Strategic Partnership”?

Larissa Kuzmitcheva


This paper examines the development of cooperation between Russia and the European Union on issues of European security and defence. The research reveals that despite a common wish of Russia and the EU to build a strategic partnership, there is still a big gap between rhetoric and the real state of affairs. The explanations can be found not in different perceptions of the challenges the European continent faces, but rather in different expectations of what both sides ought to gain from this cooperation. Not the last role, play the relations of Russia and the EU with „the third parties” like the USA and NATO. The new members of the EU can also much influence further interaction between the European Union and Russia. Though the EU-Russia cooperation in the field of security and defence remains a problematic area, some formal steps towards forming a strategic partnership have been taken. As a result of EU enlargement and the necessity to adopt a new EU strategy on Russia in 2004, this year has a crucial impact upon further EU-Russia interaction.

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Kuzmitcheva, L. (2004). Russia and European Security and Defence Policy: Problematic „Strategic Partnership”?. Středoevropské politické studie, 6(4). Získáno z

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The European Union; Russia; Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP); European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP); strategic partnership; Common Strategy of the European Union on Russia (CSR);


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