For this research project I looked at the relationship between the Eurpean Union and Russia. Along with this, I discuss how the relationship has been affected by events such as the Ukraine, Brexit, and other various countries. The result of current issues in the Ukraine have stemmed from pressure from both the European Union and Russia to join either side. The view was that the European Union was pushing for their influence in other areas outside of the Union. The area then becomes a conflict for the West and Russia as Russia tries to gain more power. However, the Ukraine was benefiting from having access to the Union’s connections. The Ukraine production has since become more modernized and coming closer to standard with the Union. This would allow them to open trade with other countries with goods that are produced to a higher standard. Though the Ukraine is one area that the European Union is dealing with, Syria also proves to cause issues between Russia and the Union’s relations. Both are engaged in the current war in Syria to protect their own nations interests. This is another area where sanctions may be present to dissuade the Russian government from supporting Bashar. The European Union believes that the Russian government is targeting hospitals and schools to help solve the issues in Syria. However, the issue with Syria cannot be settled by adding more sanctions against Russia. At this point, the only option that the European Union has is to place the cost of rebuilding on the shoulders of the Russian government. This is one of their tools to try and persuade the Russian government to reassess their alliance with Bashar. They are even arguing that if the pursuit to reopen the trade route through Alleppo is opened then there will be a low-level civil war that would take the war into another long bout. But there can be an opening of deals if the Russian economy is still down due to the decrease in oil prices
With sanctions being present, the number of Russians that approve of joining the Union is still high. The issue becomes their irritation toward the sanctions and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has been allied with the Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea was an act of war against a sovereign nation. However, the United Kingdom did not want to escalate it a physical war. Instead, they pushed the other members to place economic sanctions against Russia. Though most of the Union members disapproved of the annexation of Crimea, they were also not as willing to jeopardize trade because of their heavy dependence on oil. Now that Britain is in the process of leaving the European Union, it can result in the other member countries not having to support the current economic sanctions and bring Russia into the fold. The primary driver for these sanctions are Britain and the United States. However, during a G7 debate about applying more sanctions against Russia, the overall census was to due process. This means that though the block and other Western countries are not in approval of Russia’s involvement with Crimea or Syria, they feel as though there is a need to solve the matter outside of being physical or applying more sanction. The process of this would be possible but it would also not be an easy process.
As a whole, the European Union is facing difficulty with their current relations to the Russian government. However, in the face of this adversary, it still may be possible to salvage a deal with Russia and attempt to bring them into the European Union. Above, some of the issues and potential benefits have been discussed. Should Russia join the Union, it would not only help the Russian economy but the European Union’s economy as well. Problem solving factors in the end may be the removal of the United Kingdom from the Union, deals with Russia and the Ukraine, and deals relating to the current Syrian war.