29 May, 2013 19:55 ▪
Hanne Severinsen: The Ukrainian government plays a dangerous play opening up for observer status
I have seen Ruslan Demchenko, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, cited for saying ”There is no question of observer status, now we're only creating the conditions that will form this status from a legal point of view.” But - like it is said about pregnancy: You cannot be only half pregnant!
Perhaps the Ukrainian government thinks that they can choose between different doors, but they will risk the European door, that is so much wanted by most of the Ukrainian people.
The government is playing with Ukraine’s future that will set the signing of the Association Agreement with EU at stake.
- European Parliament backs decision to cut customs duties on imports from Ukraine
- Expert: Customs Union between Ukraine and Russia is not economically feasible
- The Customs Union representatives talk of common future with Ukraine
- The New York Times: a chocolate wall has descended across the continent of Europe.
- Experts on Putin’s disastrous neighbourhood policy
- Customs Union gives consent to grant Ukraine observer status
- Yanukovych’s charter diplomacy with the EU and the Customs Union
- The Economist: Yanukovych’s choice seems to be to align neither with EU nor with Russia
- Russian ambassador: The EU has never offered - and in my view will never offer - full membership to Ukraine.