When he arrived in 2009, Teixeira still had expectations that Ukraine would quickly integrate into the family of democratic nations. Even after President Viktor Yanukovych took power in 2010, the EU still had hope and gave the newly elected Ukrainian leader “the red-carpet treatment” and the benefit of the doubt, Teixeira said.
But it’s been downhill since then.
Yanukovych is unofficially persona non grata in the EU, especially after the jailing of his top political rival, ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in 2011. The red carpet has been replaced with the cold shoulder and few Western leaders are ready to meet their Ukrainian counterpart. The EU and Ukraine may even skip their annual summit this year. Several hundred million euros in EU assistance are on hold because of nontransparent government spending. Quite simply, there’s not much to talk about because Yanukovych has disabused the West of its illusions.