KYIV, Ukraine, Jan. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Influential American conservative
think tank The Heritage Foundation issued a report on U.S. - EU
cooperation featuring a chapter on the Eastern partnership focusing
mainly on Ukraine. "Urgently, the EU should re-engage Ukraine by
committing itself to ratifying the EU-Ukrainian Association Agreement,
which will pave the way for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade
Agreement," stated in her report Sally McNamara, Senior Policy Analyst
in European Affairs at The Heritage Foundation.
The paper by The Heritage Foundation, the famous publisher of the annual
Index of Economic Freedom, provides an in-depth analysis of the current
Ukrainian foreign policy. It notes that Ukrainian government did not
want the country "to fall into the Russian sphere of influence". The
author reckons that USD 8 billion discount for Russian gas in exchange
for Ukraine's joining the Customs Union "may be attractive to [the
President of Ukraine] Yanukovych in the short term, [but] accepting it
would represent a long-term disaster for Ukraine - and for the West."
The report discusses EU's Eastern Partnership. The initiative offers
both bilateral and multilateral measures for enhanced cooperation based
on the progress made in the European Neighbourhood Policy, according to
the official outline of the initiative. The Heritage Foundation report
claims that Russia viewed the Eastern Partnership as a challenge in its
sphere of influence from the start, and objected Ukraine's westward
tilt. Emphasizing the importance of the West-oriented Ukraine, Sally
McNamara concludes: "It behooves the EU, with U.S. support, to avoid
Kyiv closing the door on its European aspirations entirely."
As of now, negotiations over the Association Agreement between the EU
and Ukraine are over. The initialing of the document has been going on
for the last several weeks - following the 15th EU-Ukraine summit on
December 19, 2011. At the summit the President of Ukraine Viktor
Yanukovych emphasized that the agreed document would become key for
European integration of Ukraine.
In 2009 Foreign Policy Research Institute ranked The Heritage Foundation
fifth most influential think tank in the country. The personnel of the
organization served, or went on to serve in senior U.S. government
positions. The Heritage Foundation co-hosted a U.S. presidential debate
on November 22, 2011.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine
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