Western warnings pile up for Ukraine’s Yanukovych

Ukraine’s European partners issued multiple, unambiguous warnings this week: If Ukraine wants to sign an Association Agreement in November for closer political and trade ties with the European Union, it needs to shape up fast.

On the eve of the Feb. 25 summit with Europe in Brussels, Ukraine’s closest friends seemed to be pushing the hardest.

“We cannot wait. The window of opportunity is open right now,” said EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele in Kyiv on February 7 2013.

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(Photo: At the 2011 EU-Ukraine summit, from left, European Council President Herman van Rompuy, Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych and European Commission President Jose Barroso: EC Audiovisual Service)