Russian policy in Eastern and Central Europe: a historical analysis. Romanian case.
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The appeal to the Russian historical, imperial or soviet, legacy as a significant residual factor, plays and has played an important role in the emergence of the Russian political- -military elites’ strategic culture, either during Soviet times or in the post-communist period. Within this context, historical analysis would allow us to identify the potential directions, means and methods (military, political, economic, cultural) employed by the Russian Federation in its goal to multiply and expand its presence in Eastern and Central Europe. Economic weakness, social discrepancies, and accelerated demographic decline of the current Russian state are masked by an appeal to the historical legacy and to the need to recover the political legacy of the past through promoting the concepts of slavophilism and, especially, eurasianism. Russian military and non-military reactions to the potential European accession of ex-soviet states, seen as part of its sphere of influence, as well as its strategy to re-conqer the Eastern and Central European area are already creating deep effects on the European security system, as well as on the political, economic, cultural and social foundations of the European Union, being the greatest security challenge to Western democracy.
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