The Ukrainian-Russian war has prompted Bratislava, Prague and Budapest to take a new look at their eastern neighbourhood. Cooperation with Ukraine is gaining momentum, although relations with Russia are still the top priority for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
The political situation in Ukraine is determined primarily by the ongoing war, and the situation of stalemate at the front is raising the level of public impatience.
The visa issue has had a great impact on the attitude of the public and the elites in Georgia towards the EU and the West.
The ramifications concerning the implementation of the EU association agreement with Ukraine following the result of the referendum will be limited.
Ukraine launched the long-awaited process of issuing biometric passports, and thus met one of the EU’s key requirements for the abolition of visas.
A precedent: the EU recognises the right of Russia to influence the shape of EU relations with the countries of the former USSR.
The round table talks between the government and the opposition on 13 December failed to bring about a breakthrough in the political crisis.
Russia doesn't wish, by expressing excessive engagement and the taking on of a triumphalist tone, to emphasise now that Ukraine has taken this decision under pressure.
Kyiv’s decision should be seen not only in the context of increasing pressure from Russia, but mainly that of Ukraine’s domestic conditions.
On 4 October, Yulia Tymoshenko issued a statement in which she agreed to go abroad for medical treatment without the requirement of legal rehabilitation, while insisting this does not mean she has formally emigrated. This is an important concession on her part.