Ukraine a 'battlefield' for EU and Russia, says PM

Ukraine's prime minister has expressed his alarm at his country becoming a 'battlefield' between the European Union and Russia.

Ukraine a 'battlefield' for EU and Russia, says PM

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ukraine’s prime minister Mykola Azarov has said that his country has become a ‘battlefield’ between the EU and Russia.

Last week, Ukraine announced its decision to freeze its application to join the European Union, which was met with pro-EU protests which swept the country. The EU also accused Russia of bullying Ukraine to back down.

"Russia does not give us guarantees, Europe does not give us guarantees, so what are we, a battlefield?" Azarov told journalists.

Ukraine’s president Yanukovych announced the freezing of a trade treaty, fearing that it would cause short-term job losses, but pro-EU demonstrators accuse him of being anti-EU. After all, he was ousted in the 2004 Orange Revolution for this reason before returning to office in 2010.

Many analysts believe that Russia wants Ukraine to join a Customs Union along with Belarus and Kazakhstan, which could grow to rival the EU. 

Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2013, 15:23
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