Habibe Ozdal outlines the development of Turkish-Russian relations in recent years, arguing that a ‘copartmentalisation’ has helped insulate bilateral ties from obstacles such as the Russo-Georgian War of 2008 and the ongoing Ukraine crisis.
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Former Polish Minister of Defence, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, argues that Russia’s imperial outlook must be challenged first and foremost in Ukraine. Onyszkiewicz calls for the arming of Ukraine along the same lines as America’s lend-lease policy during the Second World War.
Thomas Frear argues that western efforts to pressure Abkhazia back into union with Georgia have failed, and are instead forcing Abkhazia into the arms of Moscow. It is time to rehabilitate the policy of engagement without recognition.
Sergiy Galaka argues that whilst the Russian pressure on Ukraine makes the prospects of the dialogue process seem bleak, the alternative, a resumption of full scale fighting, is far worse.
Ievgen Vorobiov argues that the divergence between domestic Ukrainian rhetoric and their negotiating stance may compromise the Ukrainian position in the Normandy format negotiations.
Anatoliy Grytsenko argues that the ‘Minsk format’ negotiations are moribund, and instead calls for an expanded ‘Normandy format’ inclusive of the USA and UK.