The summit will serve as a turning point in Ukraine’s strategy of balancing between the West and Russia, as Kyiv will find itself increasingly isolated from the West and with little choice but to grow closer to Moscow.
The European Union and Ukraine will hold a highly anticipated summit Dec. 19 in Brussels, at which they are expected to sign the political Association Agreement and the economic Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement. However, domestic political complications in Ukraine — primarily the jailing of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s refusal to release her — likely will prevent the signing of these key agreements.
The Dec. 19 summit will mark a turning point in Ukraine’s strategy to balance between Russia and the West in order to extract as many concessions as possible from both. Kiev will find itself further isolated from the West and thus will be forced to integrate more closely with Russia.