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Russia and the Crisis in Ukraine: Between Western sanctions and a new modus vivendi?

Foreign affairs and security policy

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards.

CEPS Event

Russia and the Crisis in Ukraine: Between Western sanctions and a new modus vivendi?


This event will feature a presentation of two new reports produced by CEPS in Brussels, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.

The first study, entitled “The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone”, draws on the work of a Transatlantic Strategy Group of Eminent Persons who propose ways to build renewed Western consensus on Eastern policy. The report makes recommendations as to what the West should do together with Russia; what the West should do with the common neighbourhood; and what the West should do on its own. The book was commissioned by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, which is also a co-funder of the event.

The second report analyses the crisis in Ukraine. It evaluates the lack of implementation of the Minsk agreements and argues that EU sanctions vis-à-vis Russia have to be maintained beyond July 2016. Recommendations are made with a view to overcoming the deadlock in the Ukraine crisis.

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Steven Blockmans

Director of Research

Speakers list
Claude Veron-Reville

Deputy Head of Russia Division, European External Action Service

Hrant Kostanyan

Researcher, CEPS, Senior Key Expert at the College of Europe Natolin and an Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College

Stefan Meister

Head of Program for Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the Robert Bosch Center, DGAP

Ernest Wyciszkiewicz

Director, Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding