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18 Sep, 2009 14:29

Russia–NATO relations depend on Europe

Russia–US relations have dramatically improved recently, but it’s up to the EU to make the same happen in Russia-NATO relations, believes Adrian Pabst from the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies.

“Europe is still split between those who favor close cooperation with Moscow and those who don’t. Of course there’s a historical dimension, as it was made clear again in recent weeks with all the various anniversaries… A lot of Eastern European countries like Poland and the Czech Republic and the Baltic States of course are still very, very suspicious. I think until the EU comes to a joint position on relations with Russia, it’s not clear that NATO will shift,” said Pabst.