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President
Viktor Yanukovych is set to travel to Moscow on Dec. 17-18, and is expected to
make a new offer to President Vladimir Putin – most likely something in between
full membership alongside Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and the 3+1 scheme
that Ukraine has suggested before.

Unaffordable
gas prices on Russian imports are, as usual, the impetus for trying to cozy up
to the Kremlin. Yanukovych has been unable to bring down those gas prices much
since coming to power in 2010, a year before his defeated presidential rival,
Yulia Tymoshenko, went to prison for what the administration has called a
ruinous 2009 gas deal with Russia she brokered as prime minister.

Yanukovych,
along with other senior officials, have made numerous statements about “looking
East” in recent months. During both of his latest foreign trips – to Kazakhstan
in early December and the current one to India – Yanukovych has said Ukraine is
bound to lose out if it ignores the giant trade organization led by Russia.

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