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The West needs to call Russia’s bluff in the Balkans

Bechev, Dimitar (2017) The West needs to call Russia’s bluff in the Balkans. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (27 Feb 2017). Website.

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Some commentators have hinted at the imminence of another war in the Balkans, highlighting Russia’s supposed role in such an escalation. Dimitar Bechev argues that no such conflict is on the cards: Moscow is exploiting a vacuum left by the West’s retreating pull factor in the region, while autocrats in the Balkans are playing along. He writes that the EU should call Russia’s bluff and press countries in South East Europe into truly embracing the rule of law and fundamental freedoms.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 11:49
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:57

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