Ukraine’s New President Plans To Build Ties With West
Poroshenko was rewarded with $48 million in aid from Washington for economic reform in return for his promise to adhere to West-leaning policies.
Much to Russian president Putin’s chagrin, the trade agreement will take the Ukraine into a free-trade zone with the EU and out of Russia’s sphere of influence. Putin has unequivocally warned Poroshenko that signing the agreement would put Ukraine directly at odds with Russia’s economic interests, which Russia will be obliged to take steps to defend.
Poroshenko also expressed in a combative inaugural speech his unmitigated refusal to accept the loss of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March. His first orders of business also include strengthening security at the Ukraine-Russia border, further marking his decision to seek out new allies for his country.