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5 July, 2013 14:50   ▪  

The Economist: Ukraine would be a great prize for EU is Association Agreement is signed

“Viktor Yanukovych, the president, is trying to play off east against West. If it could be drawn closer to the EU, Ukraine would be a great prize, with its population of 46m as well as big energy and agricultural resources,” writes The Economist

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The publication quotes a European diplomat: “The Ukrainian president must choose between a rich Russian dinner with lots of vodka and with the risk of discovering that he has been captured and his car stolen; or a boring Brussels sandwich lunch that offers respectability and a solid job, but only in the longer term. The profound reforms demanded by the EU, moreover, risk breaking the very system that put Mr Yanukovych in power.”

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