Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Russia is contending with the West for influence in Serbia, a candidate for EU membership. For Belgrade, integration with the EU is economically advantageous but like several other European states, it wants good relations with Moscow, too.
- Germany is key to setting EU relations with Moscow.
- Russia will back illiberal, populist-nationalist parties in order to disrupt and weaken perceived enemies.
- It would take a massive breakdown in relations for Europe to discontinue importing hydrocarbons from Russia.