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Geostrategic Interests of the Russian Federation in Member States of the Eastern Partnership

Svetlana Cebotari, Ion Guţu () and Ion Xenofontov ()
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Svetlana Cebotari: Ph.D. in political sciences, Associate professor, Faculty of International Relations, Political and Administrative Sciences, Moldova State University.
Ion Guţu: MA, lector, Department of International Relations, Political and Administrative Studies, Moldova State University
Ion Xenofontov: Ph.D. in history, Institute of Encyclopaedic Research, Academy of Sciences of Moldova

Postmodern Openings, 2014, vol. 5, issue 1, 13-29

Abstract: The twentieth century ended with the disappearance of the empire, the importance of which will be determined only through history. Incredibly, the state formed for over a century, has ceased to exist. The collapse of the Soviet Union, the most immense empire with an area of 22.402 million square kilometers which had direct access to the aquatic areas of three oceans – the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic Ocean, the country which owned land and access routes directly to the European bloc, China and India, with enormous natural resources (Mendeleyev elements table can be found entirely on the Russian territory) produced a geopolitical confusion in the international arena, contributing to the formation of a "black hole" in the center of Eurasia. Nevertheless, Russia remains the country with the largest territorial extent. Also, despite having lost part of its territory, the Russian Federation is still holding geostrategic interests in the ex-Soviet countries. In this article the intention is to keep under review the geostrategic interests of the Russian Federation in the Member States of the Eastern Partnership, former Soviet republics-Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.

Keywords: Eastern Partnership; geostrategic interest; international arena; area; economic relations; partner. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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