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Putin backs down and… wins?

Russian forces are withdrawing from the Ukrainian border. Pro-Russian separatists are putting down their arms. There are reports about Russia re-opening some of its markets to Western production. All this has sparked discussions about Moscow backing down from confrontation with the West. […]

Radoslaw Sikorski and Carl Bildt
European Union

Eastern Partnership is dead. Long live Eastern Partnership

Without much of a fervour or pomp last week saw the end of the most prominent and quite efficient couple in the Foreign Affairs Council. Carl Bildt and Radoslaw Sikorski left the stage and took up their new roles. It’s an end of an era and I am afraid also an end to their most precious pet project of the two gentlemen – Eastern Partnership. […]

Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey (R), Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak (C) and Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas shake hands after signing an agreement on the creation of a joint military brigade on Sept. 19 in Warsaw.

Amid conflict, Poland pushes Ukraine to align with West

Throughout the conflict in Ukraine, Poland has tried to use competition between Russia and the West to advance its own interests, which include pulling Ukraine further into the Western camp and pushing for stronger NATO commitment to bolstering Poland against Russia. However, Poland will be limited in its ability to meet its objectives, especially because the next few months will likely see a de-escalation of the stand-off in Ukraine. For its part, Warsaw will continue to pursue regional cooperation initiatives to mitigate the threat from Moscow. […]

Jose Manuel Barroso, Petro Poroshenko, Herman Van Rompuy
European Union

Implementing EU trade deals in the borderlands could prove complex

Talks have begun between Russia and the pro-EU former Soviet states of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The sides are assessing how recently signed free trade deals with the European Union will impact the countries’ trade relations with Russia. The effect will be muted for now, but the agreements could have a larger impact in the future if each country adopts them fully. Full implementation will be challenging because of Russia’s influence and political instability in the three nations.
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