Last year, 72 terrorism-related crimes were foiled in Russia, 25% more than in 2019, President Putin told the FSB. Experts stress that extremist activity remains one of major challenges for the post-Soviet states. Bur Russians seem unclear who is friend and who is foe in their war on terror.
It’s now nearly 12-years since the establishment of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) – a joint initiative bringing together the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In this episode, Will Murray speaks to Viola von Cramon-Taubadel MEP about the EU’s neighbourhood policy to the east and how it should move forwards.
Borrell on Thursday (4 February) travels to Moscow where he is expected to meet with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Whilst Borrell had initially wanted to keep the focus of the discussions on the extensive and complicated EU-Russia agenda, recent events in Moscow have forced him to put the Navalny case at the centre of the visit.
Sweden is trying to use its one year chairmanship of the OSCE to bring back focus to the organisation after a difficult period last year, and a growing sense that the organisation was drifting away from its original mandate on European security. Russia is central to this process, since it is seen as being at odds with the Helsinki Final Act - the OSCE's milestone document - in both its internal policies, as well as in its relations with its neighbours.
The visit of the EU High Representative to Russia on Thursday will provide an opportunity to have wide-ranging discussions with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other Russian interlocutors ahead of the European Council’s strategic discussion on EU-Russia relations scheduled for March.
As Russia braces itself for another day of pro Navalny street protests on Sunday, the story of a young Chechen arrested for participating in last week's protests has caused uproar on social media, and has become a source of controversy back in his home republic, Chechnya.
The European Union and Russia have both confirmed that EU High Representative Josep Borrell will travel to Moscow next week for meetings with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The visit will go ahead despite increasing consternation within the EU following the arrest of Sergey Navalny and clampdown on peaceful protests that followed in many parts of Russia over the weekend.