// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2019. No I (ХLII). P. 50-65
Abstract. In the Russian-Ukrainian conflict the West based on the non-recognition of the Crimea reunification with Russia unambiguously supported Kiev. However, the EU countries guided first of all by geostrategic considerations took a more reserved position than the United States. While the American establishment has fo-cused on strengthening sanctions pressure on Moscow, the Europeans, with Germany assuming the leading role, have concentrated on a political resolution of the conflict potentially dangerous for them. Nevertheless, heavy dependence on Washington forces Brussels to continue tightening its policy against Russia though sacrificing its own interests.
Keywords: Kerch incident, Ukraine, Russia, reaction of the United States, reaction of the EU, Germany, anti-Russian sanctions
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