Putin won: What’s next for the West-Russia relations?

Annexation a of Crimea, aggression against Ukraine, now the Novichok case. But still, this is a new term for President Vladimir Putin as he won the elections. Do you think that the West should try some new opening or at least something new towards Russia or basically not much can be done regarding the West-Russia relations? Read few comments.

A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in July. Credit: http://en.kremlin.ru

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What comes after Putin? More of him?

If Russian constitution stays unchanged the next presidential term will be probably the last one for Vladimir Putin. He cannot continue as President after 2024 and he is also getting older. Is Putin looking for successor (who could it be?) is it going to be a factor influencing the regime behavior, what kind of effect it may have? Read few comments.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: http://eng.putin.kremlin.ru/

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Sergei Skripal’s case: What to do and who’s to blame?

We do not know all the details, but PM Theresa May said that it is highly likely Russia is behind attack on Mr. Sergei Skripal. It is not the first case related to Russia, the most infamous is the murder of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko. From what we know do you think that the trace really leads to Russia and what should the UK (and perhaps also the allies) do about this? Read few comments.
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The winners of Italy election belong to the pro-Russia field

For few years Italy has been one of the most pro-Russia EU members states during the discussion about the EU-Russia relations. Do you think that Italy may move even further to pro-Russia positions with the good elections results for populist and the far right or not, and why? Read few comments.
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Syria: Eastern Ghouta and Russian tricks in the UN

BBC reports that the Western diplomats have accused Russia of stalling for time in the UN regarding Eastern Ghouta. They suspect that Moscow wants to give Syria time to deal a final blow to forces defending the enclave on the edge of Damascus. Would you that it is basically a Russia’s game and it is probably very little others can do about, or not and why? Read few comments.
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Russian operation in divided America

After indictment of 13 Russians President Donald Trump (I would say predictably) tweeted there was no collusion and no impact on elections result. But if you look at Mueller investigation and other available info, and of course, it is still an incomplete picture, what do you see, a successful Russian intelligence operation that was based on exploiting divisiveness of American society and politics? And what are the lessons learned? Read few comments.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump. Credit: http://en.kremlin.ru

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Will the next conflict be between big powers?

While for few years ISIS as non-state actor stole a lot of attention the topic of global competition is noticeable in the Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy. How do you see this theme, maybe even trend, of competition among nations, any reasons for worries that competition may lead to conflict? Read few comments.

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