Since Soviet times the Ukrainian economy was well integrated with the Russian one, so it will be a lengthy and challenging process for Ukraine to re-orient into the European market. However, there are several factors that will help smooth this transition.
It is also hard to say that the current confrontation between Russia and the West is fundamentally ideological, since Russia and the Western countries can develop in harmony and profit from mutually beneficial partnerships.
So long as Iran will not listen to its own people and continue to suppress their voices, the Islamic Republic will be sitting on a tinderbox that can spark a fire at any point. Last week, in an attempt to quell the protesters chanting “no to racism” on the streets of Tabriz, Urmia, and Zanjan, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting apologized for the “unforgivable mistake”
the RAP will enable the Alliance, at the operational level, to rapidly deploy troops in crisis situations, but it lacks the political level decision-making mechanism needed to rapidly initiate the process.
10 images 10 responses… Ukrainians and Russians are truly brother nations and if Russia does not pull Ukraine back into authoritarianism, then Ukraine will push Russia onto democratic transition path
The Berlin Wall fell twenty-five years ago, but today there is another confrontation line between the West and Russia that cuts Ukraine in two. The reconciliation circuit that started with the fall of the Berlin Wall will not be complete until all the countries in Eastern Europe are free to determine their own fates.
GUAM, is the only international organization in the post-Soviet space that has indicated Euro-Atlantic integration as one of its core principles. Today, the GUAM member states Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova constitute the four countries within the Eastern Partnership that have resisted Moscow’s pressures to join the Eurasian Custom’s Union.
NATO must undergo structural changes as the global geostrategic environment is reshaped. Offering a new exclusive partnership framework to strategically important partners in former Soviet Space would be a practical decision the allied leaders could agree upon during the 2014 summit.