Playing with Russia in the Baltic Sea Sandpit: Challenges and Opportunities


That the ongoing conflict in Ukraine is having some seriously detrimental effects on EU-Russia relations is nothing new. But I think we’ve heard enough about this so-called ”new Cold War”.

I think we should take a break for a moment from discussions about increasing tensions in the Baltic Sea. Discussions about the potential of future Swedish and Finnish NATO membership. About Russian military aircraft incursions and submarines popping up in Swedish waters. About how Russia is threatening European and global security with its aggressive and expansionist foreign policy. Not because these things shouldn’t be discussed, but because despite the political situation and the media hype, cooperation with Russia is something that is sorely needed at the regional level., 12 July 2016

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