Despite the advancements both within and around the EU and Russia in the last 20 years, the cooperation between Russia and the European Union — except in economic areas such as the energy field — has been characterized by an underlying mistrust that is today more evident than ever with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. While the Ukrainian issues might not be the source of this conflict, they are a symptom of a challenge to EU-Russian relations and a lack of a strategic vision for joint cooperation.
On 20 October, 2014, mediatEUr convened a group of Russian academics and experts, EU representatives, NGO and think-tanks to contribute to a greater understanding and enhanced thinking about the cooperation between Russian and European actors in the field of peace mediation. Specifically the roundtable sought to do the following:
- To understand Russian and EU perspectives on peace mediation
- To understand the role of Russia in international mechanisms for conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding
- To assess joint interests in the field of international peace mediation
The dialogue and its resulting documentation will feed into policy initiatives relating to the overall cooperation towards security in the European continent, as well as on peace mediation and its practice.