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Book chapter

Постсоветские страны между ЕС и Россией

С. 313-335.
Скриба А. С., Бодиштяну Н. В.

Conclusions about the influence of the geopolitical contradictions between Russia and the EU on foreign and integration policies seem extremely important in terms of the development of conflicts between the regional central forces themselves, as well as in assessing promising integration blocs and the “choice” of the interacting post-Soviet countries themselves. The instability of their behavior is a direct consequence of the emerging "integration dilemma". Although, one should not forget that the “integration dilemma” itself is needed for each country. In such circumstances, the politics of post-Soviet countries will gravitate towards instability and variability. All these countries have been and remain interested in expanding trade and economic relations simultaneously with Russia and the EU, as well as in obtaining assistance and attracting investment from both sides. “One-way” integration, obviously, was not able to provide the necessary and quicker opportunities for faster economic or political statements. The relationship between the two civilizational (in our case, integration) centers is called limitrophic or political balancing. Its strength is to belong to a particular center of power or community of states. Cooperation policies between countries can become volatile and sometimes speculative. In foreign literature, it should be noted the work of R. Schwedler, who pointed to the tendency of small and medium-sized countries to “bandwagon" to more powerful countries in order to achieve economic advantages. Such examples can be found among all five post-Soviet countries. It is on the example of the post-Soviet space that this article broadens the understanding of the behavior of such countries that are used in the context of the "dilemma of integration". The conflict between relations between Russia and the EU. If we are talking about a military confrontation, it would be logical to use the theoretical achievements of the Cold War by authors such as S. Walt and S. David. However, it is increasingly developing without the use of military forces. In this case, when planning integration strategies, everyone should also correspond to the results.