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The round table talks between the government and the opposition on 13 December failed to bring about a breakthrough in the political crisis.
A number of documents enhancing the co-operation between Russia and Ukraine, were signed during the meeting of Presidents Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych.
Russian air policing in Belarus confirms the lack of balance in military relations between Moscow and Minsk.
The protests in Ukraine present a huge challenge for Russia – both for its reputation in the international arena and in internal affairs.
The protesters are no longer concerned with the relations with EU, but are now calling for the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych.
It is in the Kremlin’s interest to keep in power a weakened President Viktor Yanukovych, who would be forced into cooperation with Russia.
The government has adopted a strategy of playing for time, hoping that the opposition’s weaknesses will see the protests weaken.