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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-09-08 07:24 PM
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46. To a degree, but when have potential EU membership of states like Latvia, Estonia, and Ukraine...
There are multiple issues at work. First of all there is the treatment of the sizable ethnic Russian minorities within the states, which is what was commented upon in that artictle (which is 4 years old btw). Russia was speaking happily about the EU and its standards for treatment of such issues as a way to promote its own interests in that article. Then there is the sphere of influence to think of. EU expansion into Ukraine highlights its leaving the Soviet realm. This kind of conflict has played out earlier in the Orange vs Blue aka Yanukovich vs Yuschenko. Blue and Yanukovich representing a Russian friendly position and Orange being pro-Western. Russia's key to exerting pressure on Europe has been the flow of oil in recent years and to keep this control tight it needs the caucasus.
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