Closer Together or Further Apart? The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Conflicts in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood

Lozka, Katsiaryna, (2021). Closer Together or Further Apart? The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Conflicts in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. European View, 97-105

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    Author Lozka, Katsiaryna
    Title Closer Together or Further Apart? The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Conflicts in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood
    Appearing in European View
    Publication Date 2021-03-05
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher SAGE Publishing
    Start page 97
    End page 105
    Language eng
    Abstract The article discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the conflict zones in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood, and the EU’s and Russia’s approaches to addressing the pandemic. It illustrates that the pandemic has led to the further escalation of tensions in the region, while exposing the vulnerabilities of the secessionist territories and the limits to their reliance on external support. Addressing the crisis in its neighbourhood, the EU has largely focused on tackling the long-term consequences of the pandemic, while Russia has resorted to disinformation tactics to exercise influence among its neighbours. In this regard, the failure to push forward any negotiations on the global crisis within the existing mediation formats signals the political impotence of these formats to convey even a symbolic message of cooperation to the populations.
    Keyword Frozen conflicts
    Eastern neighbourhood
    COVID-19
    Eastern Europe
    South Caucasus
    Russia
    EU
    Copyright Holder SAGE Publishing
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.1177/1781685821999848
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