Economic relations between the Visegrad countries and Russia: Before and After Ukraine

Given the turbulent relations between the West and Russia that soured over Ukraine, together with Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID)Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA), Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDiP), the aim of this project is to undertake a thorough research on the state of economic relations between Russia and the individual Visegrad countries. Firstly, it seeks to highlight possible changes and continuities in light of the conflict in Ukraine. Secondly, it will fill a gap in having more clear understanding on energy dependencies, industrial hubs, and other trade linkages between the respective countries. Lastly, the project will assess Visegrad countries' bilateral instruments to foster economic cooperation with Russia and shed light on the extent to which economic ties can affect political decision-making.

Throughout the project, a series of blog posts will be created in national languages. 


– Russia-Slovakian trade relations and "the price" of economic sanctions (by SFPA in Slovak)


– The development of Czech-Russian trade relations in light of Ukraine crisis (by PSSI in Czech)

Fico's multi-vector reaction to sanctions against Russia (by SFPA in Slovak)

– The Russian-Ukrainian war’s imprint on Polish-Russian trade (by CPRDiP's Director Ernest Wyciszkiewiczin in English)

– Russia and sanctions - is there a way-back? (by CEID's Senior Fellow Deák András in Hungarian)


This project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund. It will be realized between September 2016 and July 2017. Brainstorming session with project partners related to research methodology and timetable of activities took place on 21st September at the PSSI premises.