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 The Times: Yanukovych Will Be Considered Traitor if He Joins Customs Union

President Yanukovych of Ukraine has called off talks with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin on a politically-sensitive free trade alliance with Moscow that critics regard as a warmed-up version of the old Soviet Union.

The Times writes that "The last-minute cancellation is almost unprecedented and reflects the deep divisions in the Ukrainian establishment. The country now faces the choice of forging closer links with Russia or keeping alive its hopes of eventual membership of the European Union."

The author states "Ukrainian opposition warned President Yanukovych that he will be considered a traitor if he joins the Customs Union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan the purpose of which is just to get promises of cheaper gas from Moscow."

"I want to congratulate the Ukrainian people on the cancellation of the President Yanukovych's visit to Moscow," said one of the opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk. "The opposition will buy him a ticket to Brussels. That's where he is needed."


 
 
 
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