Ursula von der Leyen a Vladimír Putin. [EPA-EFE/Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremeľ]

Ever since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, relationship between the partners has dramatically changed. Nevertheless, European Union, encouraged by some of its member states, continues to come up with alternative ways, how to improve relations with Russia. 

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EU and China trade products worth €1 billion daily. Despite trade between the blocs remains in the center of attention, recent years have seen a disruption in relations regarding fair treatment, transparency and, particularly, approach to human rights agenda.

Turecký prezident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. [EPA-EFE/Stephanie Lecocq]

Although Turkey still is a candidate country for EU membership, negotiations have been halted sicen November 2016 and the EU budget, drawn up to last until 2027, does not include a pre-entry financial aid to Turkey.

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Politically, Beijing reaches out to regions in Central Europe that belonged exclusively to Russia not so long ago. Economically, China has nothing to bounce from. Success has been vastly limited, so Beijing has started to change its strategy.