In this episode Maciek catches up with Andrey Makarychev, a visiting professor at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu in Estonia, to discuss scenarios related to future relations with Russia. Andrey Makarychev is the author of a recent working paper titled “Russia, the EU and Eastern Partnership: Four Scenarios” which looks at how factors like the COVID-19 pandemic, low oil prices and the constitutional changes in Russia may impact its relations with Europe and the Eastern Partnership region. Maciek and Andrey discuss the scenarios from various perspectives and look at the likelihood of each of them.

At the end of the episode Adam and Maciek discuss the interview and of course make a few announcements. Stay tuned for some surprises!

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- “Russia, the EU and Eastern Partnership: Four Scenarios”, by Andrey Makarychev. Download here:

- Episode 34: Pandemic, power and Putin forever – TEE in conversation with Agnieszka Legucka.
- “Gone with the virus. How the pandemic makes Russian strategy evanescent” by Andrey Makarychev, New Eastern Europe Issue 4 (June-August) 2020.

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Talk Eastern Europe is produced by Maciej Makulski and Adam Reichardt. The podcast is affiliated with New Eastern Europe, published by the Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław. Additional funding for this episode came from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs s in the framework of the “Public Diplomacy 2020 – New dimension” grant programme.

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