Ukraine’s President Poroshenko faces balancing act between Russia and the West

US President Barack Obama offers America's support to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko (photo:dpa)
US President Barack Obama offers America's support to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko (photo:dpa)

The world’s eyes are on Ukraine’s new President, Petro Poroshenko, as he details his vision for pulling his nation of 46 million out of crisis and helps it emerge as a new democracy. Faced with a rapidly slowing economy, demands for the government to acknowledge human rights, and turmoil in the east of the country, Mr Poroshenko has his work cut out. His is a balancing act between greater links with the West while keeping Russia on side. The emergence of a democratic independent Ukraine would transform the geostrategic landscape in Central Europe.

THE ELECTION of billionaire businessman and politician Petro Poroshenko as president of Ukraine was endorsed by US President Barack Obama a...

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