Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2015

In Osteuropa 1-2/2015

Leaving the Space Between
Ukraine: Trade Integration and Foreign Policy

Veronika Movčan

Deutsche Fassung


Ukraine’s main trading partners are the European Union and Russia. The largest share of trade in goods and services are with them, from them flows most direct foreign investment into the country. Ukraine has long sought to modernise its economy by moving closer to the EU. Russia uses the Ukrainian-Russian integration that already exists, above all in the energy sector, to counteract this. Since the EU course was not uncontroversial in Ukraine, Kiev balanced between Brussels and Moscow. With Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and the war unleashed in the Donbass, this seesaw course should be over.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2015, pp. 159–170)