Dr Elena Lazarou is the Acting Head of the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS). Her research focuses on security and defence, geopolitics, transatlantic relations and EU foreign policy. Prior to joining EPRS, she headed the Center for International Relations of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil (2012-2014) and the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory of the Hellenic Center for European Studies (2009-2010). She received a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. She has held research positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Sheffield and the London School of Economics (LSE), as well as various visiting positions in think tanks and universities in Europe and the US. She has published edited volumes, articles and policy briefs in English, Portuguese and Greek. Dr Lazarou is an Associate Fellow on the “US and Americas” programme at Chatham House.
How can the EU recalibrate its policy towards Russia so it represents all member states voices? What else, beyond the already-existing sanctions format, can the EU use as leverage and deterrent for future attacks? What does the Russian policy by the new US administration, including a possible meeting between Presidents Biden and Putin mean for the EU? How can the EU work with the US on shaping their policies towards Russia? How can the Transatlantic community hold Russia accountable, while keeping the dialogue open and constructive?
Recent developments have strained EU-Russia relations further. Navalny’s poisoning, the unveiling of Russian involvement in a 2014 attack on a Czech munition depot, the blacklisting of EU diplomats by Russia in retaliation for EU sanctions, and the most recent alarming deployment of thousands of Russian troops towards Ukraine all indicate the Kremlin does not seek a constructive dialogue with the EU bloc.