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Evgeny Buzhinsky, Oleg Shakirov

Against the backdrop of events in Ukraine and the serious crisis in relations between Russia and the West, which have systemic causes, it is becoming increasingly clear that Europe's current security architecture requires reevaluation. The article's authors, Evgeny Buzhinsky and Oleg Shakirov stress, however, that the discussion should not be about a fundamental break with the current model, but correcting this system in the context of resolving the Ukrainian crisis and the changes that have taken place within Europe over the past decade.
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RUSSIA CONFIDENTIAL, Issue № 9 (225), Volume 14. September 2015.