Brussels, 04/02/2021 - 11:30, UNIQUE ID: 210204_4
The European Union (EU) and Russia remain closely interdependent despite strained relations since the
2014 illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by Russia and its destabilising actions in eastern
Ukraine. The EU has also imposed restrictive measures, including sectoral sanctions, as a result of Russia’s
actions in Ukraine, while formats such as regular high-level dialogues and cooperation remain suspended in
the absence of the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia. A number of additional issues affect bilateral relations, including Russia’s actions in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, Syria, Libya and elsewhere, and repeated malign activities including disinformation campaigns. Nonetheless, Russia and the EU share longstanding historical, cultural and economic ties and the EU continues to engage Russia in selected areas of EU interest. The EU’s approach to Russia is guided by five principles agreed in 2016 and reaffirmed, most recently, by EU Foreign Ministers in October 2020.