The government of President Viktor Yanukovych has succeeded in antagonising both Moscow and Brussels (photo:dpa)

Geopolitics: How Ukraine upset both Moscow and Brussels

Ukraine has resisted attempts by Moscow to be reintegrated into the Russian sphere of influence. But neither has it ingratiated itself to Europe. Now, with a struggling economy, the country which straddles the border between Europe and Russia looks more isolated than ever.

DURING ITS two decades of independent statehood, Ukraine has been torn between the desires of those who want to move closer to Europe and those who seek a return to Russia.

The eastern parts of the country are populated by ethnic Russians who would gladly see closer relations with Russia. The central parts are populated by ethnic Ukrainians, who are fearful...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Another option is for Ukraine’s national gas company Naftogaz to be merged with Gazprom, which would offer Moscow effective control over Ukraine’s national gas transportation system. Kiev has refused both options
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