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Since the beginning of the ‘Russian Spring’, the Kremlin has fostered active attitudes among the nationalists and solicited their support.
The very recognition of the Eurasian Union as a party to the talks by the EU would set a precedent with significant consequences for European security.
The situation in the North Caucasus has stabilised, in comparison with previous years, mainly as regards the activity of the Islamic military underground.
In recent months Russia has increasingly used instruments for exerting economic pressure on Moldova.
Moscow wants to use Belgrade in its confrontation with the West, but Russia does not have much to offer to Serbia’s authorities.
The end of the Western military presence in Central Asia will mean the West’s influence on the security sphere in the region will be marginalised.
The ‘turn to the East’ proclaimed by Russia in 2010 has failed to bring about a fundamental breakthrough in her relations with Asian countries.
Moscow is preparing itself for the ‘long game’ in gas with its European partners.
The interests of the Russian Church and the Kremlin, which have coincided for years, have now come into conflict.
The decision concerning Moscow’s annexation of Crimea was taken off the cuff, with no calculation of the costs of integrating it with the rest of Russia.