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Ruslan Kostyuk

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Ruslan Kostyuk is a professor at St. Petersburg State University, Doctor of Historical Sciences. His research interests include the history and current state of the international left-wing movement, European foreign policy, political processes of European construction, and the phenomenon of transnational political parties in Europe.

09.02.2016

Russia's search for a new Middle East partner now includes Oman

Russia's search for a new Middle East partner now includes Oman

In Moscow and Muscat, geopolitical differences are not standing in the way of potential cooperation in the Persian Gulf region

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02.02.2016

Russian parliament is ready to work with PACE, just not right now

Russian parliament is ready to work with PACE, just not right now

The confrontation between Russia and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) continues, although there are signs that the new leadership of PACE may be more open to rebuilding the damaged relationship with Russia

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21.01.2016

Russia and Qatar: Diplomatic civility or rapprochement?

Russia and Qatar: Diplomatic civility or rapprochement?

In spite of numerous differences of opinion and a growing rivalry in the Middle East, Russia and Qatar might cooperate and work together to resolve common issues

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14.01.2016

How did the Arab Spring change Russia's influence in the Middle East?

How did the Arab Spring change Russia's influence in the Middle East?

Five years after the first government was toppled during the Arab Spring, it’s time to assess the challenges and opportunities facing Russian diplomacy in the region

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08.01.2016

Dutch presidency of the EU: Problem or opportunity for Russia?

Dutch presidency of the EU: Problem or opportunity for Russia?

On Jan. 1, the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) was transferred from Luxembourg to the Netherlands. What impact will this have on relations between the Russian Federation and the EU?

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22.12.2015

EU prolongs sanctions on Moscow. What does it mean for Russia?

EU prolongs sanctions on Moscow. What does it mean for Russia?

The EU’s move, while unexpected, is forcing Russia to re-think its broader European strategy. No matter how divided the EU appears to be at times, a significant change to its stance toward Russia is not coming anytime soon

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22.12.2015

Spanish elections, the Russian perspective

Spanish elections, the Russian perspective

Spain is currently in the middle of a significant political shift to the left, and that could have important implications for the fate of Spanish-Russian relations

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08.12.2015

After Venezuela's parliamentary elections, its ties with Russia at risk

After Venezuela's parliamentary elections, its ties with Russia at risk

In Venezuela, the declining popularity of the political left and the policies of Hugo Chavez could have important implications for Russian foreign policy in Latin America.

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28.11.2015

Hollande's visit to Moscow: A sign of the 21st century entente?

Hollande's visit to Moscow: A sign of the 21st century entente?

It remains to be seen if the French president's visit to Russia is able to create a viable and robust global coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Greter Syria

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17.11.2015

The ghost of Paris haunts the G20

The ghost of Paris haunts the G20

The recently concluded G20 Summit in Turkey took place against the backdrop of the terrorist attacks in Paris that shocked the world. As a result, even economic issues appeared to take on an inherently different quality at the summit

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10.11.2015

The historic meeting of China and Taiwan, seen through Russian eyes

The historic meeting of China and Taiwan, seen through Russian eyes

Russian diplomacy supports a peaceful resolution of the “Taiwan Problem,” a process of open dialogue that respects both the territorial integrity of China and the interests of Taiwan’s citizens

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30.10.2015

How Syria divided Russia and Turkey

How Syria divided Russia and Turkey

The results of the upcoming snap parliamentary elections in Turkey might have a great impact on the country’s relations with Russia, which have been dealt a setback by the Kremlin’s campaign in Syria

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22.10.2015

Should we expect a thaw in Russian-Canadian relations?

Should we expect a thaw in Russian-Canadian relations?

After parliamentary elections in Canada, the Conservative Party that was in power for almost a decade lost its leadership to the Liberal Party. Such a power shift could change Canadian foreign policy and its approach to Russia

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13.10.2015

Will Lukashenko's reelection lead to changes in Moscow-Minsk alliance?

Will Lukashenko's reelection lead to changes in Moscow-Minsk alliance?

With Alexander Lukashenko once again reelected as president of Belarus, analysts are searching for any signs that the country might downplay its relationship with Russia in favor of the West

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26.09.2015

Catalonia's independence bid: A view from Russia

Catalonia's independence bid: A view from Russia

A legally binding referendum on full statehood for Catalonia, which is looking increasingly likely ahead of this weekend’s elections, could have interesting implications for the future of Russian-EU relations

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18.09.2015

Britain's Labor Party could be ready to change the nation's Russia policy

Britain's Labor Party could be ready to change the nation's Russia policy

With the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the new leader of the British Labor Party, there are signs that the longstanding foreign policy consensus in Britain could be changing in Russia’s favor

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07.09.2015

What is the Kremlin's interest in the Lebanon crisis?

What is the Kremlin's interest in the Lebanon crisis?

The latest source of instability in the Middle East is Lebanon – a crisis that could spillover into states such as Syria. That’s causing Kremlin decision-makers to adjust their foreign policy calculus for the region

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25.08.2015

Tensions on the Korean peninsula resonate in Russia (literally)

Tensions on the Korean peninsula resonate in Russia (literally)

Increasing tensions between North and South Korea have the greatest implications for Russia’s efforts to engage its East Asian trading partners and develop the Russian Far East

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17.08.2015

Is Saudi officials' visit to Moscow a sign of warmer relations with Russia?

Is Saudi officials' visit to Moscow a sign of warmer relations with Russia?

Despite Saudi Arabia's recent overtures to Russia, it is still too early to talk about close collaboration between the two countries due to the array of geopolitical and geostrategic differences in the Middle East.

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13.08.2015

Russia has a chance to influence the geopolitical agenda in Latin America

Russia has a chance to influence the geopolitical agenda in Latin America

A recent summit of left and center-left parties in Latin America and the Caribbean suggests that the Kremlin is not alone in encouraging the spread of anti-Western sentiments

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