№ 3, 2006
Analyzing the range of opinions established in the domestic expert community on the problems in relations between the European Union and Russia, the author distinguishes two major alternative tendencies. He calls them, respectively, an integrative model of «approaching partners» and a model of «independent world actors».
V.Avdonin himself is not a proponent of such a strict and unambiguous choice, but calls for a search of a specific form of relations combining elements of different alternatives. He believes that, considering economic and political conditions in Europe and Russia, a new treaty between Russia and the EU should in no case lead to a loss of integrative components in their relations, whereas the values of Russia’s «European choice»! should not be questioned.
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