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The Geneva agreement does not mean that Kyiv is beginning to regain the initiative, nor will it have any real impact on the situation in eastern Ukraine.
Russia's policy has forced Kyiv to undertake legislative work on constitutional reform as a matter of urgency.
Slovakia’s good relations with Gazprom have a decisive impact on Bratislava’s stance on the reversal issue.
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.
The events of recent days would not have been possible without Russian support for the weak separatist forces in the region.
By fomenting separatism in Moldova’s regions, Russia wants to prevent Moldova from signing an Association Agreement with the EU.
The Kurultai’s (national quasi-parliament) statement demonstrates their effective acceptance of the status quo.
Russia is treating negotiations with the West as a key instrument for achieving its political goals regarding Ukraine.
The main contenders are from the same political camp and, to varying degrees, can count on support throughout the country.