Ukrainian Prime Minister Signs EU Trade Pact
Russia’s annexation of Crimea signifies the biggest East-West crisis since the Cold War. Putin’s pugnacious response to the U.S.’ imposed sanctions, intended to galvanize efforts toward negotiations, were more sanctions right back at the U.S.
As a result, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, signed the EU trade pact on Friday in Brussels. Ironically, it was part of the same pact that fugitive president Viktor Yanukovych backed out of last November in favor of a $15 billion bail out from Russia, ultimately engendering the euromaidan protests.
“We have two types of response. The first one is military, which is not really acceptable for the world to have the third world war. The second one is political, diplomatic and economic. The best way to contain Russia is to impose real economic leverage over them,” Yatsenyuk said to a press conference. (Source APTN)
We’re currently on the brink of World War III so let’s hope pacifism trumps coercion. On a positive note, the EU pact further signifies that the people’s voices during the euromaidan protests were heard.