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NATO expansion risks tearing Europe apart once again

Posted by seumasach on June 22, 2021


22nd June, 2021

Putin reiterated that “Russia is in favor of restoring a comprehensive partnership with the rest of Europe” and again proposed the idea of a “common space for cooperation and security from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.”

In April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov extended an invitation to EU nations to sign up to a Moscow-backed plan to form a ‘Great Eurasian Partnership’ that would be open to all states across the two continents. This would be driven by the values of unification and inclusivity, he said.

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Russia PM slams German foreign minister over Kiev visit

Posted by seumasach on December 7, 2013

Developments in Ukraine have exposed the senility of European leadership in as far as it exists at all. Europe has not shown a realistic appraisal of its relationship with Ukraine and seems hopelessly mired in a cold war mindset


7th December, 2013

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has rebuked German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle for “interference” in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

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Putin worried over Europe and ‘anti-Russian’ US plans

Posted by seumasach on July 11, 2012


9th July, 2012

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin once again voiced his concerns over a U.S. bill penalizing Russian officials for human rights abuses and Washington’s plans for a missile defense system based in Europe, in a wide-ranging speech to Russia’s diplomats on Monday summarizing Russian foreign policy.

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Russia pledges billions in investment to help rescue the eurozone

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2011

Deutsche Welle

15th December, 2011

Speaking at the close of what was his final summit with the EU as Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev offered his solidarity with the bloc, saying Russia was willing to contribute to the rescue plan managed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the struggling euro currency.

“We are ready to invest all financial means to back the European economy and the eurozone,” Medvedev said following talks with European leaders.

The EU must be “preserved as a powerful political and economic force … [and the euro] preserved as one of the most important reserve currencies,” he added. The EU is Russia’s biggest trading partner.

Although the president didn’t mention specific figures, his economic advisor, Arkady Dvorkovich, said earlier on Thursday Moscow was prepared to offer up to 20 billion euros ($26 billion). That figure was dependent on progress towards a 200-billion-euro boost for the IMF agreed by European Union leaders, Dvorkovich said.

EU states have until Monday to work out the details of a number of bilateral loans to the IMF which are to be used in efforts to stabilize the eurozone.

With 41 percent of Russia’s currency reserves held in the euro and half of all Russian external trade conducted with the EU, Russia’s interests in the survival of the euro are clear.

“Europe has a stake in Russia’s success as I believe Russia has a stake in Europe’s success,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso commented on Thursday. “We should strive for a comprehensive and broad agreement with ambitious trade and energy chapters.”

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Russia’s EU chaos campaign

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2011

Business Spectator

4th November, 2011 Russian President Dmitri Medvedev is embarking on several trips to Europe over the next month in order to shape Russia’s position on the continent, which is undergoing a sharp redefinition during Europe’s ongoing financial crisis.

Medvedev will visit France from November 3 to November 4 for the G20 summit, during which he will hold a sideline meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Medvedev will then visit Germany on November 8 to officially launch the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline and meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He plans to visit Italy and Greece later in November. Though these meetings have other purposes, they will take Medvedev to the two European heavyweight countries making the decisions about the continent’s financial crisis and the two European states feeling the effects of the crisis acutely. Such visits would not occur while these countries are mainly focused on the crisis unless Russia is also focused on the issue.

Russia’s interest in the European crisis

Moscow has been watching the crisis in Europe intently, partly for internal reasons. The Kremlin has been worried about any ripple effect the monumental crisis next door could have on Russia. Moscow already is revising its growth forecasts this year, taking into account an expected slowdown caused by shifts in Europe. High oil prices have allowed Russia to keep large amounts of cash flowing into its coffers, which will ameliorate an economic blow caused by Europe.

The Kremlin also is revising its modernisation and privatisation plans, which require tens of billions of dollars of investment from the Europeans in the next few years – much of which likely will be slashed. Moscow is also concerned that the Russian public’s perception of the European crisis will create a lack of confidence in Russia; Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has assured his constituents that his return to the presidency in 2012 is intended to help lead a stronger Russia.

Although the Kremlin has been watching for effects from the European crisis to move through Russia, the crisis also has given Moscow an opportunity to take advantage of a weak and chaotic Europe.

Russia’s Europe strategy

For the past few years, the Kremlin has made several moves meant to keep the Europeans from acting as a unified entity against Russian interests. Referred to as the ‘chaos campaign’, these initiatives have fractured the Europeans’ view of Russia – Central European countries and the heavyweight countries in Western Europe have differing opinions on whether or not Russia poses a threat. These disagreements already have affected institutions like NATO, and Russia is now trying to create a similar effect by using the financial crisis as its platform.

Russia’s strategy has four steps, some of which are connected and overlap. Moscow traditionally has found this kind of complex and confusing scheme to be effective.

The first part of Moscow’s plan is to portray Russia as a beacon of stability amid Europe’s weakness. This is more of a perception campaign than anything else. Moscow wants to show Europe that during this crisis, Russia is a strong economic power. Though Russia actually is not very economically sound, it is still powerful and stable and has a lot of cash on hand. For some Europeans, such as the Germans, this will come as welcome news, as Russia will be considered a possible partner to help solve the crisis. For other Europeans, particularly the Central Europeans, this will be worrying. The Central Europeans consider the European Union’s unity to be one of the strongest limiters to a resurgent Russia, and if this unity is muddled or broken then Russia poses an even greater threat.

The second part of Russia’s plan is to purchase assets in Europe while they are cheap. Moscow already has started buying up firms throughout Europe that have been suffering during the crisis. The Kremlin is focused mainly on banks and energy firms, followed by strategic assets like ports and airports. Though most of the deals are still in the consideration and negotiation stages, the Kremlin is thinking in the long term about these assets’ uses. It also is not looking at assets that would give Russia the greatest financial return; it is considering those that would give Russia important leverage in Europe, particularly in Central Europe.

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“Moving AMD from Eastern Europe to South logical”

Posted by seumasach on August 30, 2009

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Germany becomes Russia’s closest partner in Europe and whole world

Posted by smeddum on July 17, 2009

16.07.2009 Source: Pravda.Ru URL:

The ninth meeting of the Russian-German Forum, Petersburg Dialogue, which was set up eight years ago under the initiative of then-president Vladimir Putin and then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, took place in Munich on July 14-16. Read the rest of this entry »

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New partners sign up for South Stream

Posted by seumasach on May 16, 2009

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Medvedev, Sarkozy find common language

Posted by smeddum on October 10, 2008

from, RBC Daily RiaNovosti

Medvedev, Sarkozy find common language

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has supported Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s idea of reforming the European security system. The two leaders made policy speeches at the first World Policy Conference in Evian, France. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarkozy wants to unite Europe and Russia

Posted by seumasach on September 24, 2008


“What Europe is telling Russia is that we want links with Russia, that we want to build a shared future with Russia, we want to be Russia’s partner,” Sarkozy said. “Why not build a continent-wide economic space which would unite Russia and Europe?” he asked.

Sarkozy Calls for Global Summit to Overhaul Financial System

French President Sarkozy called Tuesday for a summit to tackle the global financial crisis and urged world leaders to draw lessons from capitalist excesses in a speech before the UN General Assembly.


23rd September, 2008

In a hard-hitting speech before the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Sept 23, French President Nicolas Sarkozy demanded that those responsible for the global financial turbulence be punished and called for a “regulated capitalism.”

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EU split over Russia

Posted by seumasach on September 3, 2008

Russia Today

2nd September, 2008

The Foreign Ministry says it regrets the EU’s decision to suspend talks on a new partnership agreement with Russia. Moscow says the new deal is just as important to Europe as it is to Russia. The bloc has been split over its response to the conflict in South Ossetia. At Monday’s emergency summit in Brussels, EU leaders decided to halt talks on a new deal with Russia. The move was in response to Moscow’s role in the conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia. But according to some members of the European parliament, the summit showed that the union is anything but united.
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