Next to gas, coal is of key importance in the Ukrainian energy balance and in electricity production.
Ukraine’s financial results over the past few months prove that the economic crisis which has been ongoing since mid 2012 has exacerbated.
The IMF’s decision to grant Ukraine a loan represents the most tangible form of support which the West has extended to the present government in Kyiv.
The development of the Ukrainian crisis, including the possible destabilisation of other regions, will depend on whether Kyiv accepts Moscow’s demands.
The prolonged political crisis in Ukraine has contributed to the deepening of its economic recession, which has already lasted almost two years.
Russian economic sanctions pose an enormous challenge to Ukraine, whose economy has been in recession over the past two years.
The sentiments in Lithuania, as in Latvia and Estonia, are reminiscent of those seen during the Russian aggression on Georgia.
Irrespective of the pro-Ukrainian declarations made by minister Davutoğlu, one should not expect Ankara to impose sanctions.