Search: Customs Union,Eastern Partnership (5 materials)

The Vilnius Summit: Armenian Dimension

... with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Armenian leaders insist that no steps will be made to contradict their national interests and cause resentment within society. However, transparency has not been an overwhelming feature of negotiations, both over the Eastern Partnership and the Customs Union. The Armenian political establishment was left in the dark about the contents of these documents, which could imply that such decisions lie solely in the hands of the Armenian president [13] . Armenian elites and experts have entered the ...


Game not over: on Ukraine’s rebuff to the EU deal

... would have, had things gone another way. It has long been known that the talks between the EU and Ukraine should end at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, with the signing of a Free Trade and Association Agreement. It’s been known that ... ... geopolitical interests, and that it would much prefer to see its South-Western neighbour join its own regional integration project, the Customs Union. It’s been known that Moscow will deploy every tool to undermine it – and that it has a number of areas ...


The EU and Russia: Competing for the Post-Soviet Space?

... likely to complicate fulfillment of their effective obligations within the integration projects in the post-Soviet space. Hypothetically, conflicts may emerge in Belarus if the opposition comes to power or Armenia and Ukraine if they wish to join the Customs Union. As for Russia, it should profit from closely watching the Eastern Partnership projects and possibly participating in them, including developing civil society contacts. This approach will seemingly curb anti-Russian sentiments within the program and stimulate a multilateral format for its advancement. Eurasian ...


Ukraine’s Choice and Russia’s Objections: DCFTA vs. Customs Union

Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) is seen as one of the most important carrots for countries of the Eastern Partnership. Ukraine’s negotiations with the EU over the Association Agreement, which contains the DCFTA, were concluded at the turn of the year 2011. On the opposite shore stands the offer of Customs Union, consisting of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. In the following article, I will briefly analyze possible outcomes of finalization of one or another in the light of most recent developments. Two important meetings of Ukrainian President ...


Stalemate at Uzhhorod: on the faux rapprochement between the EU and Ukraine

... to address the issues of the bloc’s concerns. According to what was agreed last Monday, Mr Yanukovych now has until the Eastern Partnership summit due to take place in Vilnius in November to take action – and he seems unlikely to do so. What ... ... sides, any advancement in the EU-Ukraine relations is unlikely as no side bows to the other. Whether an agreement to join the Customs Union will be reached is not for this article to reveal - but, amidst fears of 'becoming just another governor ...


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