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Russian perceptions and approaches to cooperation in ESDP
In the third roadmap on building a Common Space on External Security, agreed between the EU and Russia at the Moscow Summit in 2005, the European Union Institute for Security Studies was given the role of deepening cooperation with the Russian academic community in the field of crisis management. As a result, the EU ISS launched a joint research project in Spring 2006 with a Russian partner, the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Security within the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO, under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs). This paper is a first product of this joint research project. The objective here was for Professor Nikitin to explore in a frank manner how Russian elites and observers view the EU, ESDP and key security developments around Russia.