December 4, 2013

The Great Ukrainian Knife Fight

Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

The Associated Press

On the streets of Kiev, the knife fight over the future of Ukraine continues even as the storyline continues to change. A month ago, the EU thought that the battle was as good as won. The Ukrainians had agreed to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union that would lock Ukraine into an EU-oriented future and block the Kremlin’s dream of a Eurasian Union that would revive Russian great power ambitions. Last week, the tables turned. After heavy lobbying from Russia, which appears to have consisted of a mix of major threats to Ukrainian exports, promises of a better deal from Gazprom and undisclosed private offers to leading Ukrainian political figures and industrialists, Ukraine’s government rejected the EU deal. Advantage: Russia.

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TAGGED: Kiev, Viktor Yanukovych, Europe, Russia, Ukraine

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