Międzynarodowy i geopolityczny status Ukrainy
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The International and Geopolitical Status of Ukraine
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The article analyzes the state of the Ukrainian foreign policy with special emphasis on the period following the orange revolution of 2004/2005. The present authorities of Ukraine face a difficult choice of the model of transformation of the whole country particularly in the context of its civilizational development. Russian economic initiatives are a very attractive alternative to the activity of the European Union. The Ukrainian society no longer believes in the assertions of European enthusiasts concerning a fast political and economic integration with the western countries. Paradoxically, the internal activities of the administration serve Ukraine’s international position better than a complicated and rather chaotic foreign policy. The present authorities in Kiev implement the policy of accomplished facts especially in the provincial areas and seem to be increasingly interested in the Russian offer. The authorities in Kiev have long been aware that a clear choice of one of the options of development would permanently bar its alternative. However, it should be kept in mind that the Ukrainian political establishment is unable to foresee the consequences of a “final decision” and does not have a vision of a long-term development of Ukraine’s external relations.
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