Ukraine between Russia and the European Union: Triangle Revisited

Ukraine between Russia and the European Union: Triangle Revisited

Date: November 19, 2015

Author(s):  Samokhvalov Vsevolod

Language: English

Work type: Scientific publication

Publisher/institution: Europe-Asia Studies

Abstract:

Ukraine has long been considered as a bone of contention between the EU and Russia which could eventually lead to a geographical split of the country. This interpretation, however, fails to explain the dynamic of the Ukrainian revolution and Russian–Ukrainian war. To address the deadlock in understanding the mixed dynamics of the situation in Ukraine, the article argues that the relations in the EU–Ukraine–Russia triangle are affected by the combination of choices that the Ukrainian political class, business elites and broader society make in four major dimensions: internal political practices; economic dimension; a dimension of international politics; and an ideological dimension.