Diverging Voices, Converging Policies: The Visegrad States' Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Kucharczyk Jacek, Mesežnikov Grigorij

Mesežnikov Grigorij, Deák András, Duleba Alexander, Feledy Botond, Fuksiewicz Aleksander, Gyárfášová Oľga, Győri Lóránt, Hunyadi Bulcsú, Juhász Attila, Kratochvíl Petr, Krekó Péter, Kucharczyk Jacek, Mesežnikov Grigorij, Mesík Juraj, Schulzová Helena, Speiser Andreas, Wenerski Lukasz, Ámon Ada, Łada Agnieszka, Řiháčková Věra

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung et al., Prague - Warsaw - Budapest - Bratislava, 2015



The annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the launch of a hybrid war against Ukraine was Russia’s answer to the Revolution of Dignity triggered by Ukrainian Euromaidan. The conflict is a fundamental challenge for the European Union. It raised the question of whether the EU would maintain its commitment to the political and economic consolidation of those of its Eastern neighbors which aimed to make sovereign choices based on the rule of law and democracy.  Although the EU has reacted to the conflict in a unified manner by imposing sanctions on Russia, statements made by some European political leaders have undermined the public perception of European unanimity. Officials of the Visegrad countries, for instance, have been divided on certain aspects of the conflict. 

Authors of the publication analyze how V4 countries have dealt with the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Particular considerations embrace specific historical experiences, trends in public opinion, economic relations, and energy- and foreign policy of the Visegrad countries.  Findings from the book should stimulate further critical and constructive debate on the perspectives and positions of the Visegrad Group and its role within the EU. These six organizations participated in the publication: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Prague; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Warsaw; Europeum, Prague; Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw; Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava; Political Capital, Budapest.

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 Number of pages   216
 Format   paperback
 ISBN   978-80-89345-55-7

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