A. Kubilius, J. Burton, M. Dzurinda. Questions for Germany on Russia strategy – opinion

2021-03-03 | Nord Stream II

While EU policies have not weakened Russia’s autocratic regime, the Kremlin has been successful in strengthening authoritarian rule and radical populism in several EU countries. It is high time to reverse these trends, write Lithuanian MEP Andrius Kubilius, Ireland’s former prime minister John Burton, and Slovakia’s former prime minister Mikuláš Dzurind.

Russia’s policy in recent years has had several troubling dimensions.

Its foreign policy has been epitomised by the annexation of Crimea and the hybrid war it has waged against Ukraine.

Equally characteristic are Russia’s incessant provocations in the Baltic Sea, its cyberattacks, and its attempts to influence elections and referenda in the West.

A permanent attribute of Russia’s foreign policy is its endeavour to weaken the cohesion of the Transatlantic Community and to disrupt the EU’s internal unity.