Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

EU should confront Russia on Ukraine

‘Precious time and opportunities have already been lost by the EU because of its inconsistent dealings with Russia and Ukraine’, argues Andreas Umland, a senior lecturer in German and European studies at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" in Ukraine in his article for EU observer.

EU capitals must now decide if they really want to be “partners” for Ukraine and for the other EU aspirants in the region, above all Georgia and Moldova, or not. The EU itself must make the “European choice” it is so fond of lecturing its neighbours about.

If the decision is Yes, then EU leaders and EU institutions need a coherent policy, a robust diplomacy and, ultimately, the political will to confront Russia in order to succeed.

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