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Stefan Meister
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is Head of Program for Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.

President-elect Trump’s relationship with Putin is likely to run into obstacles.


Moscow’s warnings of a “new Cold War” are out of sync with today’s realities.


The hard line on Vladimir Putin is weakening, in Germany and elsewhere.


Russia’s actions in Syria make a bad situation worse.


Don’t fall for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear grandstanding: economically, he has his back to the wall. The deployment of US troops and heavy weapons in Eastern Europe would only play into his hands.


Setting a positive agenda, reaching out to Russia’s remaining civil society, and pursuing a mixture of containment and engagement can build a more effective relationship with Russia over a long time frame.


The main cause of the conflict between Russia and the West lies in the internal legitimization deficit of Putin’s own system. A closer cooperation with Moscow’s Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) would not only undermine the EU’s values – the Kremlin is simply not interested. A reply to Mark Leonard’s and Ivan Krastev’s “The New European Disorder.”