A substantial improvement of US-Russian relations after the US presidential elections is not to be expected. For Ukraine this implies that conflict resolution efforts in Eastern Ukraine are at risk of turning into a “leaderless process,” even more so in light of the upcoming elections in France and Germany. Existing mechanisms and platforms for managing European security, including the NATO-Russia Council’s Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI), the OSCE’s Vienna Document, and bilateral agreements, should be used in a better way to reduce the risk of accidental confrontations.
As part of the German-Russian International Dialogue, Russian and German politicians and experts come together twice a year to discuss questions of European security and EU-Russia relations in a confidential atmosphere. The aim is to enable a stable group of participants to continually share their experiences and to develop understandings about the perspectives for EU-Russia relations. Meetings alternate between Moscow and Berlin. The Körber Foundation runs the project together with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).
Conference report (PDF)