Russian Demands Lead To Renewed NATO Discussion

Democratic Security Outlook: 3- 9 January

3 January 2022

With Russian rhetoric so vehemently opposing NATO eastward expansion, leading statesmen in Sweden and Finland underscore that their respective countries retain the option of seeking membership at any time.

This Week On Visegrad Insight: 

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  • Malina Mindrutescu looks at the current debate around Europe’s digital future.

EU/regional:

  • Eastern Europe is reporting more than half of COVID-related deaths in Europe, having recently surpassed one million deaths. The Omicron variant is yet to sweep the region comparable to the outbreak in neighbouring western countries where vaccination rates are significantly higher. 
  • France inherits the rotating six-month EU presidency from Slovenia.
  • On 10 January US-Russia security talks amid Putin’s sabre-rattling in Ukraine will be held. 
  • On 11 January a NATO-Russia Council meeting will be held.
  • A leaked draft plan from the European Union labels some natural gas and nuclear energy power plants as ‘transitional’ or ‘green’ which would open up these investments to EU funds. The official draft will be decided on by 12 January after official publishing the proposal can be vetoed by a majority of the Member States or by the European Parliament. Already Member States governments are coming out for or against, with Central European states more likely to be in favour of the draft.

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