Russia’s economic soft power: The case of Serbia

Rosyjskie soft power w polityce gospodarczej – przypadek Serbii

ORCID: Sandra Baniak: 0000-0001-5746-949X

Afiliacja: Ministry of Economic Development, Labour and Technology of Poland,

Pages: 93-114

Edition: Lublin 2020

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2020.3.5

Citation method: S. Baniak, Russia’s economic soft power: The case of Serbia, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 18(2020), z. 3, s. 93-114, DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2020.3.5.

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Abstract: Serbia inherited Yugoslavia’s tendency to pursue its foreign policy in terms of “multi-vector” policy and balancing between the West and the East to achieve its own political goals and maintain the attention of other countries. Despite the desire to join the European Union, as officially declared by the state authorities, Serbia also strives to maintain a “strategic partnership” with Russia. This paper presents Russia’s interests in the policy towards Serbia in the economic sphere over the years, starting from 1999. It points to the complexity of Serbian-Russian economic relations and their relationship with political issues. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, can significantly affect Serbia’s internal and foreign policy, making it dependent on guarding Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and through the lack of recognition of Kosovo’s independence by pursuing its own interests, manifested by an increasing Russian presence in the energy sector.

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