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course, now the No. 1 challenge for all of us is to protect not the European
choice, but the people who defended this choice and against whom legal proceedings
have already started or may start. 

it is equally important to retain the European leverage on the Ukrainian
leadership. I know that many European politicians and diplomats interpreted the
hypocritical game of revision of the already initialled association agreement,
which now the Ukrainian side is trying to start with the EU, as another slap in
the face. However, if the Ukrainian side with all their proposals for new
consultations is shown the door, European integration may officially become the
No. 1 enemy of the ruling regime. And everyone who supports Ukraine’s European
choice and promotes it will be perceived as the main threat which has to be
neutralized immediately. 

It is
necessary to hold Ukrainian authorities at least on a tiny European leash, but
not in order to make friends with them again. This is to ensure that the
European idea keeps open at least a tiny window to reach those Ukrainians which
are not ready yet to defend this idea neither among their friends nor in social
networks, nor, especially, at street protests. It has much less chances of
winning if it is perceived being the main enemy of the regime rather than being
authorized, at least on the official rhetorical level. 

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