Authorities are stealing an historic opportunity from the Ukrainian people
On 21 November, 2013, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine passed a resolution suspending the process of preparation for the conclusion of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community, and their Member States. The purpose of this decision was, according to the resolution, the need to “ensure the national security of Ukraine” and “restore trade and economic relations with the Russian Federation and other CIS member states”. At the same time, at a forum in Vienna, the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stated that “Ukraine followed, and will continue to follow the path of European integration”. Such inconsistency by Ukraine suggests the presence of secret backroom agreements between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, and other members of the Customs Union – Kazakhstan and Belarus. For example, no information was released regarding the issues discussed by the Presidents of Russia and Ukraine during the informal meeting in Sochi on 27 October, 2013. It is possible that the subject of this meeting was to discuss Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union.