Russia sees Azerbaijan as a target of high priority, the subordination of which to Russia would help seal Central Asia off from the West.
Although we tend to see the situation of the countries in East-Central Europe as one in which they are forced to choose between the East and the West, in reality, these countries do not have much of a choice.
In the mid-2000s when the Central and Eastern European bloc of countries joined the EU in two waves, Europe found itself facing new challenges on its outskirts and realised the need to assert its influence in these countries.
The destiny of Ukraine, which on its own has to face the military power of Russia, paints a gloomy picture. In this context, the Eastern Partnership has failed and instead of progressing Europeanisation we witness a war with unforeseen consequences.
On June 27, 2014, Petro Poroshenko, newly elected President of Ukraine, will sign the economic part of the Association Agreement with the EU, political part of which was signed in March 2014. Same day Georgia and Moldova will also sign the Association Agreements with the EU.
That is, economy. The West has all the necessary means at its disposal to stop Putin from breaking the law. It only lacks the will to do so.
At the beginning of April our network will launch new project called: “4liberty.eu for EaP” thanks to the support of Visegrad Fund.