Some readers have expressed their satisfaction that Russia had come back on pages of Russkii vopros and the journal has become a platform for exchange of minds between Russian and Ukrainian authors, however, only in absentia. We are also satisfied with a current state of matters and we are going to continue this policy.
New issue bringing the only article immediately dealing with Russia could disappoint somebody who expected other portion of materials. This disappointment is pointless. Yes, there is the only contribution but in the reality each material is more or less connected with Russia. It is natural because Russia has substantially increased its presence in the world this year; particularly in its neighborhood. This fact cannot be ignored but a question whether such bigger presence can be taken in positive way is more than topical.
Published materials create a specific mosaic describing the relationship between Moscow and its neighbors. Ukraine has been facing an extraordinary Russian attention, even to such extent that people died of it, therefore any material dealing with its economy or politics cannot be consider without Russian component.
Azerbaijan is also in the center of Moscow’s interests because if the integration process under Russian leadership should continue it is necessary to find a compensation for lost Ukraine. Azerbaijan looks interesting for Moscow from two points of view as minimum. Moscow could use closer ties with Baku for strengthening of its position in important region for it and receive a certain chance to influence Azerbaijani energy policy
The article focused on diversification of Azerbaijani economy does not have an aspiration to analyze mentioned topics but it is also connected with Russia. It could provoke idea to compare how these both countries use their natural resources. How they think about their future?
The introductory interview is focused on the internal cohesion of the Visegrad Group which seems to be damaged due to different positions of member countries towards Russian-Ukraine confrontation and sanctions against Moscow. The article describing some aspects of current behavior of Belarus creates an interesting and rather unexpected pendant to the interview because it indirectly opens the same problem. However, we are speaking about internal cohesion of Eurasian integration in this case.
To sum up, Russkii vopros has come back again and we can meet it anywhere. Whether we like it or not