GermanyPolandRussia: Conflict Zone or Dialogue Space?

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2010-5-52-61
S. Biryukov, Kemerovo State University, 6, Krasnaya Str., Kemerovo, 650043, Russian Federation (
V. Savin, The Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS), 31/2, Nagornaya Str., Moscow, 117186, Russian Federation (

Abstract. Following the history of Russia–Poland relations, the evolution of Poland's foreign policy and strategy through the ages, in the context of its relations with Russia and Germany, is analyzed. Considering Poland's position towards its relations with Russia, the authors critically analyze political stereotypes by which Polish elites and consequently their foreign policies and strategies are guided. The article sheds light also on costs and limits of traditional Polish geopolitics. Finally, the authors urge Warsaw to address the "Realpolitik" strategy, and propose concrete recommendations which could help "transform" Poland from the "barrier" into the "strategic bridge" connecting Russia and Germany: to the benefit of the three countries (Germany, Poland, Russia) and of the United Europe.

Keywords: “Germany–Poland–Russia” triangle, “Old Europe”, “Medvedev-Sarcozy Plan”, “Nord Stream”, “Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact”

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For citation:
Biryukov S., Savin V. GermanyPolandRussia: Conflict Zone or Dialogue Space?. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2010, no. 5, pp. 52-61.

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