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While the Biden-Putin Summit signalled Moscow and Washington’s interest in managing their disagreements, the relationship between Russia and the EU is in freefall, lacking similar recognition of the value of negotiated restraint. Igor Istomin looks at what Europe can draw from the Geneva playbook.
Brexit incentivises the discussions about the role of the non-EU NATO members – including Turkey – in European defence and security, argue Ambassadors Fatih Ceylan and Tacan Ildem. They write that a process of developing a new transatlantic compact could be launched at the upcoming NATO Summit.
The first 100 days of the Biden administration have shown that the US is keen to continue using sanctions as its default foreign-policy tool, notably against Russia, writes Agathe Demarais. However, America’s enthusiasm for sanctions on Moscow comes with serious risks for the transatlantic alliance.
As the economic relations between the EU and China develop, the growing presence of China and Russia on the international stage presents concerns for the Union. Claudia Westwood argues that the EU must recognise that closer China-Russia cooperation would not signal a strong partnership, but rather the escalation of pre-existing economic cooperation only in areas of common interest.
At a time when great power rivalry and increased threats face the Euro-Atlantic region, the absence of structured cooperation with the EU in the Integrated Review risks weakening European security and undermining the UK’s long-term strategic interests. The UK Government should establish a clear Europe strategy that has security and foreign policy cooperation at its core.