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Dr. Kortunow (Russian Council) : Potentials for a cooperation between the EU and Russia


Published in accordance with the MOU between IISES and RIAC

After the Russian Council published ideas about a German-Chinese axis which should be transformed in a Eurasian triangle with Russia, Andrej Kortunow, director of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) gave an interview outlining the potentials for an cooperation and coordination between the EU and Russia. The interview is avaiable here.

I think Kortunow’s contribution is a much more realistic approach than speculations about an German-Chinese axis or an Eurasian triangle.Also the distinction between NATO and EU and OSCE, between short term and long-term challenges, especially in the international context.I think migration,anti-terrorism ,financial stability (also in the face of Libra) and climate change could be fields of cooperations and coordination.However I think mutual noninterference and cybersecurity will be much more difficult to realize.In my opinion a New East Policy towards Russia is needed.The idea that Ukraine and Bellarussìa should become neutral bridge states between the EU and the Eurasian Union and the idea of an European Silkroad Marco Polo 2 which connects the EU with Eurasia.However no German or European politician is thinking about this at the moment.Interesting that Lindner from the German Ļiberal Party is thinking about a new approach for Germany`s Russia policy,but the FDP is quiet weak and won´t be a decisive factor in a foreseeable future .I wrote an article about the deforrestation of Siberian forrests by China and Prof. Rahr had the idea of an ecological cooperation between Russia and the EU.This would fit quiet well in Kortunow’s approach and the possibility that the next German goverment is a green-black coalition is quiet high. The deforrestation is a urgent problem. Everybody talks about the Amazonas,but nobody about the deforrestation of Siberia by China.Therefore this could become a major new focus for the EU,especially if the Green Party becomes coalition partner in a German goverment. Maybe this would be a good starting point.

Source: Global Review