Diverging Voices, Converging Policies: The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

October 13, 2016

DivergentPublishersEUROPEUM Institute for European Policy (Czech Republic), Institute of Public Affairs (Poland), Institute for Public Affairs (Slovakia), Political Capital Policy Research & Consulting Institute (Hungary), HeinrichBöll-Stiftung

Three PASOS members contributed to the publication of this report, which seeks to stimulate further critical and constructive debate on the perspectives and positions of the Visegrad Group and its role within the EU.

Edited by Jacek Kucharczyk and Grigorij Mesežnikov, the paper was published after the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Prague and Warsaw asked their partner organisations to systematically analyse how the V4 countries have dealt with the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Particular consideration was given to the differing historical experiences, public opinions, economic relations, and energy- and foreign policy of the Visegrad countries.

“Whatever peculiarities one may discern in the V4 leaders’ positions as a result of a thorough analysis, it is fair to say that in the end, despite all the differences, the V4 group has remained within the orbit of the EU’s common policies on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict,” states the report’s introduction.

“This is an undeniable reality, regardless of all the (often bizarre and incredible) statements made by certain Visegrad politicians. Ukraine should take this into account when building further relations with its immediate western neighbours.”

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