Slovakia's Eastern policy -- from the Trojan horse of Russia to "Eastern multivectoralism"

Marušiak, Juraj
March 2013
International Issues & Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs;2013, Vol. 22 Issue 1/2, p42
Academic Journal
Slovakia's relations with the states of Eastern Europe not only have a bilateral impact, but contain geopolitical, security and economic dimensions as well. This article analyzes the domestic, bilateral and multilateral aspects of relations between Slovakia and Russia before and after the parliamentary elections of 1998, when Slovakia adopted a pro-Western course aimed at EU and NATO membership. The article also focuses on bilateral relations with Ukraine, where Slovakia is among the most active supporters of Ukraine's future EU membership. The final sections analyze the Eastern policy of Slovakia -- particularly within the framework of the EU's Eastern Partnership and the Visegrad Group -- as well as Slovakia's relations with the new Eastern European partners, such as Belarus, Moldova and Georgia, as target countries of Slovakia's "soft power."


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