Should the EU revise its approach to Russia?

, Berlin time (CET, UTC+1)


  • Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Marek Menkiszak, Head of Russian Department, Centre for Eastern Studies
  • Pierre Vimont, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe

Chaired by

  • Piotr Buras, Head of Warsaw Office, European Council on Foreign Relations

In February High Representative Josep Borrell visited Moscow to discuss key issues of concern and test the waters for building a more „constructive dialogue” between Russia and the European Union. His visit came at a time of elevated tensions, as calls for sanctions against the Russian Federation are increasing and both sides debate over the recent poisoning and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny, as well as issues concerning the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. What lesson can be drawn from Borrell’s controversial visit? Why do attempts to reset relations with Russia fail? Should EU revise its approach to Russia? 

In this debate Kadri Liik, Marek Menkiszak and Pierre Vimont will discuss Europe’s strategy vis-a-vis Russia ahead of of upcoming European Council meeting.

The debate will be held on-the-record and in English with simultaneous translation into Polish