Real priority goals of the Eastern Partnership are:
-expansion of the political and economic influence of the West in the post-Soviet space and the simultaneous narrowing of Russian influence;
-expulsion of Russia from the Caucasus and the final consolidation of the separation of the post-Soviet republics from it;
-reorientation of the post-Soviet republics towards Poland, the EU and NATO and the simultaneous “erosion” and creation of a counterbalance to the CIS and the CSTO;
-integration of the regional energy sector, infrastructure and markets of the post-Soviet republics with the EU and energy transit bypassing Russia (from the southern, Caucasian-Caspian direction).
In exchange for the West’s control over the energy transit sphere and infrastructure, post-Soviet limitrophes are offered a “special status” of relations with the EU and the ability to beg for loans from it.
In fact the five priorities of Eastern Partnership after 2020 are an economical instrument of energy colonialism, turning the post-Soviet space into a resource appendage of the West, pushing Russia into North-East of Eurasia and creating an energy “cordon sanitaire” along the border of Russia.
A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about Eastern Partnership accusing the EU of separating Russia from its neighbours. Message appeared after EU and Eastern Partnership leaders meeting in June 2020.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Read more about the Eastern Partnership and its priorities here.