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Ruslan Kostyuk

Biography

Ruslan Kostyuk is a professor at St. Petersburg State University, Doctor of Historical Sciences. His research interests include the history and current state of the international left-wing movement, European foreign policy, political processes of European construction, and the phenomenon of transnational political parties in Europe.

23.08.2016

Russia and New Zealand on a way to a reset

Russia and New Zealand on a way to a reset

On Aug. 16-18 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks in Moscow with his counterpart from New Zealand, Murray McCully. The negotiations might be a sign that the period of crisis in bilateral relations is over

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09.08.2016

Moscow's complex relationship with global conservatives

Moscow's complex relationship with global conservatives

Despite Russian leadership being of conservative values, European and U.S. conservatives do not uniformly embrace the Kremlin which doesn't mean no basis for future cooperation

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29.07.2016

Russia pursues security architecture in East Asia

Russia pursues security architecture in East Asia

During a series of meetings this week in Laos, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov continued to push for an umbrella structure for the region

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11.07.2016

The downward spiral in the Russia-NATO relationship

The downward spiral in the Russia-NATO relationship

The recent NATO summit in Warsaw brought to the fore Russian society’s deep concerns about the goals and intentions of the military bloc. Across the political spectrum, anti-NATO sentiment is in full display

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09.07.2016

What are Moscow's expectations for Slovakia and the EU?

What are Moscow's expectations for Slovakia and the EU?

Russia’s top leadership is hoping that Slovakia’s presidency of the European Union will play in favor of patching up relations between Russia and the EU. But are such hopes justified?

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06.07.2016

Russia-EU relations after Brexit

Russia-EU relations after Brexit

For now, the EU is focused on Brexit and migration policy. However, sanctions against Russia continue to be among the economic priorities of the European Council

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29.06.2016

How the Russian political elite view Brexit

How the Russian political elite view Brexit

Officially, Russia was neutral on the question of Brexit. However, it’s easy to see how many members of the Russian political elite could be celebrating Britain’s unprecedented move

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17.06.2016

A new turn in Russia's relationship with South America

A new turn in Russia's relationship with South America

The second round of the Peruvian presidential elections confirmed a turn to the political right of this South American country. That has important implications for Russian foreign policy in the region

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27.05.2016

Russia and Southeast Asia might become economic partners

Russia and Southeast Asia might become economic partners

The geopolitical situation in Southeast Asia is favorable for Russia and allows Moscow to expand its cooperation with ASEAN countries

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17.05.2016

What a new president in the Philippines means for Russia

What a new president in the Philippines means for Russia

The results of a recent election in the Philippines might bring significant changes to the country’s domestic and foreign policies. This, in turn, could provide an opportunity for closer ties with Russia

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12.05.2016

Labouring to create an opening for improved Russia-UK relations

Labouring to create an opening for improved Russia-UK relations

The Conservative Party remains the political force that determines the prevailing Russia rhetoric in London. But new inroads made by Labour in recent elections could push UK politicians to reconsider the worsening relationship with Russia

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30.04.2016

What French vote against anti-Russian sanctions means for the Kremlin

What French vote against anti-Russian sanctions means for the Kremlin

France’s National Assembly just voted against the prolongation of economic sanctions against Russia. Will this move be a game-changer?

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19.04.2016

Making sense of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's visit to Japan

Making sense of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's visit to Japan

There are a few areas where Russia and Japan could decide to cooperate in an effort to enhance both regional and international security. But first they need to work out a solution for the Kuril Islands

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11.04.2016

Is the Dutch referendum on Ukraine really a game-changer?

Is the Dutch referendum on Ukraine really a game-changer?

On the surface, the recent Dutch referendum vote against the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine appears to be a victory for Russia. But is it really?

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11.04.2016

Russia and Tunisia, united against the threat of global terrorism

Russia and Tunisia, united against the threat of global terrorism

Recent meetings between Russia and Tunisia signify the eagerness of Moscow to build strong ties with Sunni countries of the Arab world, both in terms of counter-terrorism and economic trade

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25.03.2016

Steinmeier's visit to Moscow and the future of Russian-German relations

Steinmeier's visit to Moscow and the future of Russian-German relations

There are reasons for the Kremlin to be optimistic about the future state of Russian-German relations, even if current trade and economic relations have been weakened by sanctions

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10.03.2016

EU renews sanctions on Russia, but Kremlin hopes to break Europe's unity

EU renews sanctions on Russia, but Kremlin hopes to break Europe's unity

With the sanctions against the Kremlin and other Russian officials extended until September 2016, it remains to be seen to what extent Russia’s policy to divide Europe is effective and relevant

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01.03.2016

Prospects for relations between Russia and Ireland just got better

Prospects for relations between Russia and Ireland just got better

The rise of the radical left as a political force in Ireland could lead to a new opening for improved cooperation between Moscow and Dublin

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22.02.2016

Will Moldova become a new flashpoint for Russia and Europe?

Will Moldova become a new flashpoint for Russia and Europe?

Political instability in Moldova is showing signs of worsening, and that could result in a battle for control over the troubled former Soviet republic by Russia, the EU and other regional players

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16.02.2016

Russia's newest attempt to win over the Gulf monarchies

Russia's newest attempt to win over the Gulf monarchies

The Kremlin seems to be reinvigorating its diplomacy in the Middle East. The latest move is an attempt to engage the Gulf monarchy of Bahrain

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