KyivPost Ukraine told to drop East-West power games, go its own way

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Sept. 28, 2012, 1:31 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by

EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele (R) shakes hands with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on May 15, 2012 before their meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels.

Instead of seeking to position itself to the West or to the East, Ukraine should reform and use its huge natural resources and human potential to become a big international player on its own terms, speakers told a conference held in the European Parliament on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The conference “EU–Ukraine in 2020, looking beyond the current paradigm”, attempted to frame the discussion about Ukraine outside the usual context of the short-term bilateral agenda.

The conference was organised by Fondation EurActiv and the Ukrainian Foundation for Democracy People First, and hosted by Polish MEP Paweł Zalewski (European People's Party).

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