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Observing the statements of Russian officials with respect for the EU Association Agreement signature with Ukraine, it may be noticed how they differ from the attitude of Belarus and Kazakhstan. The Russian powers that be predict the default for Ukraine and the unlimited number of problems in case of the Association Agreement signature. However, the Belorussian attitude looks more reserved. President Lukashenko even stated that he cannot see a problem with Ukraine’s Association with the EU. Belarus respects and accepts Ukraine’s choice; moreover, it sees in it not obstacles but new opportunities for the mutually beneficial cooperation, Alexander Lukashenko observed.
The reason for such difference in attitudes is quite prosaic; it lies in the structure of the foreign trade turn over between the two countries. Ukraine within the CIS countries has a negative balance of the foreign trade only with two countries – Russia and Belarus. Thus, in 8 months of […]

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