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Time: Will Ukraine choose a sympathetic Russia over a democratic Europe?

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Oct. 21, 2011, 12:12 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by James Marson

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev suggested he could offer Ukraine a discount on gas prices and called for Kyiv to turn its back on its long-held desire for European integration.
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After a week of bruising criticism from the West over the jailing of his main political opponent, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday heard the words that put all strongman leaders at ease. "It's Ukraine's internal affair," Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said of the seven-year jail term handed down last week to Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The Kremlin chief then suggested he could offer Ukraine a discount on gas prices and called for Kiev to turn its back on its long-held desire for European integration by instead joining a Moscow-led trade bloc.

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