|Author (Person)||Wesslau, Fredrik|
|Publisher||European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog, News|
The 18 March 2016, marked the two-year anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by Russia.
The inherent weakness of the EU’s approach to Crimea is that the non-recognition policy is static, with no dynamic process to resolve the impasse. The Normandy Format deals with the situation in the Donbas but not Crimea. There is no format or forum where Crimea is discussed between the EU and Russia. Moscow has refused all suggestions that Crimea should be a topic for discussion.
The focus on the Donbas is justified and correct since the situation there is more pressing and destabilising as Russia and its proxies continue to ferment war. But even if Russia implements the Minsk agreement and there is a move towards better relations with Russia, Crimea is likely to remain a point of contention between the EU and Russia for some time to come.
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Russia, Ukraine|