Trade disputes helped trigger the Ukrainian conflict. They must now be a big part of the solution.
A key reason for the outbreak of hostilities was that Moscow wanted Kiev to join the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union, not the European Union Association Agreement. Ukraine should not have been forced to choose — or rather should be able to pursue both avenues. It is time to ensure that a country is able to take either path without negative repercussions, domestic or international.
This may be difficult for Ukraine, however. Roughly 25 percent of its exports go to the Eurasian Economic Union, while another 25 percent go to the European Union.… Seguir leyendo »