The evolution of the European Union’s eastern neighbourhood since the Russia-Ukraine war

Jak ewoluowało wschodnie sąsiedztwo Unii Europejskiej od czasu wojny rosyjsko-ukraińskiej

ORCID: Tomasz Stępniewski: 0000-0002-4581-5145

ORCID: Tomasz Stępniewski: 0000-0002-4581-5145

Pages: 7-18

Edition: Lublin 2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2023.1.1

Citation method: T. Stępniewski, The evolution of the European Union’s eastern neighbourhood since the Russia-Ukraine war, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 21 (2023), z. 1, s. 7-18, DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2023.1.1

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Abstract: This concise paper explores the intricate relationship between the dynamics of the European Union and Russia’s interests in Europe, emphasizing the advantages perceived by Russia in a weakened EU. The paper is comprised of three sections: firstly, it examines the collapse of the Soviet Union and its impact on newly independent states, establishing the geopolitical landscape. The subsequent section traces Russia’s foreign policy leading to the 2022 conflict with Ukraine, with a focus on Ukraine’s pivotal role as a geopolitical flashpoint. The final section explores the dynamics of the Russia- Ukraine war, specifically addressing the European Union’s role in security. The paper concludes by addressing the 2022 escalation, marked by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, highlighting the imperative of understanding Ukraine’s status as a geopolitical flashpoint. Overall, the paper contributes to a nuanced comprehension of the evolving geopolitical landscape, its implications for regional stability, and international relations.