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You're reading: Don’t overestimate Tymoshenko factor in Ukraine-EU relations

I wouldn’t overestimate the factor of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine’s move to Europe. There are many reasons for that.

After the end of the two-day Eastern Partnership summit, which took place in Poland on Sept. 29-30, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said that not only is Poland ready to help Ukraine reach free-trade and association agreements with Europe by the end of the year, it is also prepared to help in ratification of the agreements by the 27 parliaments of European Union countries.

This offer to bring together the efforts of diplomats and lobbyists is worth a lot. Yet the effort of the Poles reflects not just their desire to lead the process of Ukraine’s integration to Europe, but shows they recognize the nation’s achievements in this sphere.

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