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World from Berlin: Ukraine’s Complaints Are ‘Insolent’

The Ukrainian government’s decision to withdraw from discussions of a planned trade deal with the EU is drawing condemnation in Europe. German editorialists decry Russia’s strong-arm tactics in the run-up to the decision.

from Spiegel:

German newspapers have reacted harshly to Ukraine’s decision to call off plans to sign a trade deal with the European Union. Critics argue that the pull away from Europe is another sign of corruption in the Ukrainian regime, and of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy of using threats to maintain power over former members of the Soviet Union.

On Thursday the Ukrainian government said in a statement that it would halt “the process of preparing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union” to “ensure the national security of Ukraine” and “restore lost trade volumes with the Russian Federation.” Instead of working toward the EU trade deal, Kiev announced plans for a joint commission to discuss relations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU.

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