June 16, 2018

EU-Russia Relations in the New Putin Era

Not Much Light at the End of the Tunnel

On 7 May 2018, Russia entered the fourth and probably final presidency of Vladimir Putin. This was preceded by a further increase in tension and mistrust between Russia and the West as a result of the Skripal affair and yet another chemical attack in Syria. In this context, the European Union reconfirmed its policy on Russia, centred on five principles: the implementation of the Minsk Agreement, which is a precondition for the lifting of sanctions; strengthening relations with the EU’s Eastern Partners; strengthening the EU’s resilience; selective engagement with Russia; and fostering people-to-people contacts.

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