Russia’s Foreign Policy in 2021: Turning Away from Europe (No Matter What Europe Does)
Concluding our series on the continuous reorientation of Russian foreign policy away from Europe, this session will focus on its increasing multi-vectorialization. This trend was strengthened by the current pandemic, domestic political developments including those concerning the new Russian constitution, and fresh conflicts in its neighborhood such as the war in Nagorno-Karabakh.
This session will provide an early assessment of the current trajectory of Russia’s foreign policy and EU-Russia relations – not only as both Moscow and Berlin gear up for parliamentary elections in 2021, but also shortly after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested upon his return from Germany. We will discuss how Russia’s experience with COVID-19 might have fostered the Kremlin’s “wait and see” attitude toward both foreign policy and relations with Europe, as well as how the new administration of US President Joe Biden can alter this outlook.
The final report of DGAP’s Strategy Group 2020 will also be presented at this event.
Manuel Sarrazin, MP
Spokesman for Eastern European Policy of the Alliance 90/the Greens’ Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag
Senior Research Fellow, DGAP
Program Director, International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung
Foreign Policy Correspondent, Die Zeit
Head of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
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