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Staying the course in Europe's east

As the European Union's leaders gather in Riga for a summit with the six members of the EU's "Eastern Partnership," many recall the dramatic meeting in Vilnius of November 2013. It was there that Ukraine's then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, under heavy Russian pressure, refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement that had been negotiated from 2007 to 2012.

Of course, when Yanukovych returned home, he had to face thousands of protesters in Kyiv's Maidan (Independence Square). Determined to hold him to his promise to sign the EU agreement and not take Ukraine into a customs union with Russia, the protesters mobilised the country. Yanukovych, failing to crush them with his security forces, simply fled. Russia's behaviour in Ukraine since then has made the Eastern Partnership more important than ever.

The Eastern Partnership was launched in 2009 on the initiative of Poland and Sweden, where I was the foreign minister at the time. The...

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