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Article

Russia-Australia Relations in the Context of the Ukrainian Crisis

Asian Politics and Policy. 2018. Vol. 10. No. 4. P. 752-771.

This article examines the 2014–2015 crisis in Australia‐Russia relations that occurred after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, from the point of view of both Moscow and of Canberra. It finds that the Kremlin did not take into account a number of factors that negatively affected Canberra’s stance towards the Kremlin even before 2014, and which greatly contributed to the crisis. These include the very limited involvement of Australia in commercial exchanges with Russia, Canberra’s growing suspicions about Moscow’s foreign policy intentions and view of Russia as a revisionist power (especially after the 2008 Russia‐Georgia war), a strong sense of solidarity with the West among Australia’s political elites, and Russia’s increasingly worsening public image in Australia, Prospects and contemporary challenges in the relations are also discussed.