Ukraine’s hope is that it can persuade the EU to accept an association agreement and a free-trade deal. In Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania’s foreign minister, it finds a strong advocate for a closer relationship with the EU. “I cannot imagine a Europe whole and free without Ukraine,” he said on July 3, 2013.
He also believes that action is needed quickly if Ukraine is to move towards Europe. “In physics, there cannot be a vacuum,” he said. “This vacuum will be filled by eastern [Russian] connections.”
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