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SMS – Eastern neighbours, contested spaces

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The EU and its eastern neighbours (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) have long been interdependent. Events in the east – or south – not only affect EU foreign policy, but also the functioning of the Union in multiple domains; from trade to energy to migration flows. The region is home to multiple sources of tension, and has also seen the implementation of EU sanctions (on Belarus and Russia).

This SMS compares the eastern neighbours’ relationships with the EU and Russia, respectively.