Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2015

In Osteuropa 1-2/2015

Clarity and Consistency
Russia Policy in Times of War

Falk Bomsdorf

Deutsche Fassung


The annexation of the Crimea in March 2014 and Russia’s war against Ukraine are an attack on Europe. The West must adjust to sustained confrontation with Russia. The mantra that security and stability in Europe cannot be achieved without Russia is questionable, as is the admonishment of Europeans – to themselves! – to maintain dialogue with the Kremlin. Putin’s revisionist confrontation course demands a clear response. These include reestablishing a Western defence capability, containment against aggression, sanctions, and comprehensive support for Ukraine. What is needed is a Western policy along the lines of “peaceful coexistence”: cooperation wherever possible, resistance wherever necessary.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2015, pp. 65–73)