At a time when Ukraine needs all the friends it can get, its political leaders and diplomats seem to be going about it the wrong way. No matter which direction a person turns, Ukraine is enmeshed in serious disputes with many nations.

On Feb. 28, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry blasted European Union Ambassador Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira for daring to criticize Ukraine’s dismal business climate and politically motivated prosecutions of opposition leaders, the imprisoned Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko among them.

The ministry called Teixeira’s comments outside the bounds of diplomacy, saying he “was trying to participate in Ukrainian internal political processes and public discourse.” The EU’s Catherine Ashton shot back, showing a widening rift.

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