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GUTIERREZ DEL CID, Ana Teresa. The Keys to the Conflict between Russia and the West after Crimea and the Conflict with Ukraine. Foro int [online]. 2017, vol.57, n.2, pp.356-388. ISSN 0185-013X.

At the start of 2013 a process was observed indicating a wide-ranging geopolitical change in direction in Europe that began with the repositioning of Russia as a regional power, and with the weakening of the presence of the United States on the continent, having been immersed in military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq since the early 2000s. In addition, Germany had moved closer to Russia. This new strategy on the part of Russia has changed the traditional Cold War geopolitics in Europe, moving it closer to Germany on the basis of German consumption of Russian energy, meaning that it is increasingly evident that the unipolar order of global power is giving way to a multi-polar order. This process, however, cannot take place without conflict, since the appearance of new international actors deprives the established powers of agency, which are accustomed to unconditional leadership. The events currently taking place in Ukraine are inscribed within this geopolitical standpoint.

Keywords : geopolitics; Russia; Ukraine; energy resources; Germany.

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