The cooling of relations between Russia and the West has been arguably the most important geopolitical event of 2014 for Europe. What started as Ukraine’s decision not to sign a political partnership accord with the EU led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the West’s imposition of sanctions on Moscow, and a relentless push toward violence in eastern Ukraine. As this turbulent year draws to a close, what are the prospects for Western-Russian ties in 2015? What steps could and should the two sides take to put their relationship back on track?

To address the future of Western-Russian relations, Carnegie Europe hosted a debate featuring Gwendolyn Sasse, nonresident associate at Carnegie Europe, and Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. Jan Techau, director of Carnegie Europe, moderated.

Gwendolyn Sasse

Gwendolyn Sasse is a nonresident associate at Carnegie Europe.

Jan Techau

Jan Techau is the director of Carnegie Europe.

Dmitri Trenin

Dmitri Trenin is the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.