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The US and the EU need a stronger dialogue on Russia sanctions. EPC Commentary, 2 May 2018

Ivan, Paul (2018) The US and the EU need a stronger dialogue on Russia sanctions. EPC Commentary, 2 May 2018. [Policy Paper]

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    Following its annexation of Crimea and its military intervention in Ukraine, Russia has been sanctioned by the European Union (EU) and the United States (US). They have often stressed the coordination in their decisions, which has given more weight to the sanctions’ political message and impact. While the initial rounds of measures were not identical, differences in US and EU sanctions have amplified in the past two years. Washington has been readier to reinforce sanctions, the effect of which partially weakens over time. Some of the new actions are based on mounting evidence of the Kremlin’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential elections. The latest US sanctions, adopted in April 2018, further accentuated the differences between the two sanction regimes. The growing discrepancy tests the transatlantic partners, weakens their common stance, and risks portraying the EU as a more amenable player. The EU’s credibility on the Russia file would benefit from updating its sanctions. Transatlantic coordination also needs to be stepped up, including through increased engagement between administrations and at the level of the Congress.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    Countries > Russia
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Commentary
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 11:15
    Number of Pages: 2
    Last Modified: 02 May 2018 11:17

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