Event Title

The breaking points of Russian foreign policy

Session

Political Science

Description

Russian foreign policy has two main breaking points. Two important cases in the international system have altered its foreign policy fundamentally. First one is NATO’s military intervention in Kosovo and the second one is the 2014 Ukraine crisis. These two breaking points made Russian foreign policy more aggressive in its relations with neighbours and in its attitude towards the international norms. NATO’s military interventions in ex-Yugoslavian countries but also interference of the Western countries in Ukraine crisis undermined Russian attempts to position itself as a great power in the international system. This paper will provide an in-depth analysis on how Russian military doctrines, its leaders declarations but also its relations with Western countries have changed after NATO’s intervention in Kosovo and the crisis in Ukraine. The paper argues that the interventions of the Western countries in the area, that was in the past considered within Russia's "natural borders", has changed Russian foreign policy and its position in the international system.

Keywords:

Russia, Kosovo, Ukraine, great power, bipolarity, international system

Session Chair

Labinot Greiçevci

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-19-2

Location

Pristina, Kosovo

Start Date

26-10-2019 11:30 AM

End Date

26-10-2019 12:00 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2019.104

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The breaking points of Russian foreign policy

Pristina, Kosovo

Russian foreign policy has two main breaking points. Two important cases in the international system have altered its foreign policy fundamentally. First one is NATO’s military intervention in Kosovo and the second one is the 2014 Ukraine crisis. These two breaking points made Russian foreign policy more aggressive in its relations with neighbours and in its attitude towards the international norms. NATO’s military interventions in ex-Yugoslavian countries but also interference of the Western countries in Ukraine crisis undermined Russian attempts to position itself as a great power in the international system. This paper will provide an in-depth analysis on how Russian military doctrines, its leaders declarations but also its relations with Western countries have changed after NATO’s intervention in Kosovo and the crisis in Ukraine. The paper argues that the interventions of the Western countries in the area, that was in the past considered within Russia's "natural borders", has changed Russian foreign policy and its position in the international system.