Dmitry Polikanov
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Russia–EU relations
Opportunities for a security dialogue
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The adoption of the European Security Strategy (ESS), combined with the launch of the European Constitution, a successful enlargement and intensified foreign policy activities in the former Soviet Union, forced Russia's elite to rethink the EU's importance in the security sphere. Combined with European Union (EU) efforts to promote cultural and educational exchanges, Russia-EU interaction in the security sphere may eventually turn into a real dialogue. Russia-EU relations can be characterised by a classical four-cluster matrix. While the first two, declarative partnership and declarative negativism, have little impact on actual foreign policy, they do affect both elite and public opinion and, therefore, reinforce the growing skepticism about the possibility of good relations with the EU. The last two reflect the struggle between pragmatism and Soviet-style suspicion of Western bureaucrats or between two major groupings within the Presidential entourage, which have different views on Russia's future development.

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