An early December visit to Kyiv produced a glum picture of the challenges that confront Ukrainian foreign policy as 2012 draws near. For most of the 20 years since regaining independence, Ukraine’s leaders have sought to maintain a balance between relations with the West and relations with Russia.
That policy has generally served the country well. Many in Kyiv now fear that that balance is about to come undone—with severe consequences for Ukraine.
The balance is in danger because Ukraine’s relations with Europe and the United States verge on a downturn. That results from a combination of developments in Ukraine, Europe and the United States.