Russia and the West: Handling the Clash of World Views

Vygaudas Ušackas, Former European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania

Russian President Vladimir Putin once stated “I believe that no one should ever impose any sort of values he considers correct on anyone. We have our own values, our own conceptions of justice.” Indeed, in recent years, Russia and the West have increasingly experienced divergent views on democracy, human rights, and international law. Many in Europe and Russia also feel a greater sense of mutual insecurity, particularly after the different attitudes toward Russian intervention in Ukraine. What steps should be taken by Russia and the West to deter future conflict and promote cooperation? What role will NATO play in Europe moving forward?


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