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You're reading: When ‘maybe’ may be enough

BY OKSANA BASHUK HEPBURN

Ukraine has the good fortune or the great misfortune of bordering two giants: Russia and the European Union. Historically, it has fused more with Russia than with Europe. Perhaps that is changing.

Somewhat indicative of the shift is the recent refusal by President Viktor Yanukovych to sign the Customs Union–free trade–agreement with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Instead, he proposed a “Ukraine” solution: 3+1. This is news coming from decidedly pro-Russia President: he is catering to Ukraine’s self-interest; putting its wellbeing first.

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