The relations of the Russian Federation with the West between 1991 and 2014

Mirosław Minkina

Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities


The disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) has substantially changed the shape of the international environment. The role of the world power shaping international relations fell to the United States. Undoubtedly, it was a result of the triumph in the Cold War rivalry. The Russian Federation, the successor of the USSR, found itself in a diametrically opposite position. It faced the challenge of determining its place in the new international reality. Due to its political and economic weakness, it was doomed to build this position in cooperation with the West. This article deals with the relations between the Russian Federation and the West in the years 1991-2014. The author aims to identify factors shaping those relations and describe the mutual relations, focusing on key events. The study carried out confirms that the mutual Russian-Western relations over the years were characterized by both successes and failures, which, regardless of their character, shaped these relations.

Słowa kluczowe:

international relations; pro-Western policy; retreat; post-Cold War; Russian Federation

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Minkina, M. (2023). The relations of the Russian Federation with the West between 1991 and 2014. Przegląd Wschodnioeuropejski, 13(2), 111–123.

Mirosław Minkina 
Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities