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Dimitra Koutouzi

Dimitra Koutouzi holds a BA in International, European and Area Studies from Panteion University in Athens, Greece and is currently enrolled in a MA program at Université Libre de Bruxelles in International Relations: Security, Peace and Conflicts. Her research interests include European Union’s foreign policy and Common Security Defence Policy (CSDP), post-soviet space and Western Balkans. Dimitra is fluent in Greek, English and German and has a good knowledge of French.

Serbia and Russia have been allies for many years and Russia is constantly concerned about the relations between Serbia and the European Union (EU). Russia’s interest has always been to keep the Western Balkans away from the influence of the EU, more importantly Serbia, which is the largest country in the region, and the only one which is a strategic ally to Russia.[1]

However, Serbia has been balancing between the EU and Russia for years. On the one hand there is the accession negotiations with EU, and on the other hand Serbia’s announcement of signing a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in October 2019.[2]




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[1] Secrieru, Stanislav. “Tactical Wins, Strategic Setbacks,” n.d., 8.



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