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The EU demands focus on democracy.

Ukraine Looks West

July 2013, Number 04.03

“In its pursuit of a closer relationship with the European Union, Ukraine has often demonstrated a deft diplomatic touch. It’s a country that sent forces to multinational peace missions in the Indian ocean and Kosovo and demilitarized its post-Soviet nuclear stockpile. It successfully co-hosted the 2012 European Football championships with Poland and assumed the 2013 chairmanship of the organization for Security and co-operation in Europe.

But such achievements have only made the recent chill in Ukrainian-EU relations all the more conspicuous. After years of negotiations, Ukraine has seen its hopes of a free trade agreement with the EU become unhinged; a standoff exacerbated by questions about the fairness of late 2012 parliamentary elections during which the country’s chief opposition leaders languished in prison...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Ukraine Looks West,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  4, No. 3, 2013: 60-63.

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