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The European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Change towards its Eastern Neighbours: the Crisis in Ukraine.

Tatiana Shaban

In 1997 after signing Charter on Distinctive NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)-Ukraine Partnership, Ukraine recognised itself as a European state actor by moving into European political mainstream. More recently, in June 2014 the Ukrainian President Poroshenko signed the economic part of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement (AA). However, Ukraine, despite of being a large territory- and population-wise state, often found itself at the risky crossroads with Europe and Russia. In order to reinstate its former influence in those countries Russia was consistently and powerfully involved into former Soviet states' policies and politics. According to Mychajlyszyn (2008) in its post-Soviet interactions the extent to which Ukraine and its government was committed to Europe's place in its identification was advanced only when the Russia-Ukraine relationship remained stable or when the Europe-Russia relationship were cultivating. From 2014 Ukraine found itself in a rather tragic position when a former "friend" was turned into an enemy.Ongoing Ukrainian crisis demonstrated that the EU policy towards its neighbours will have to undergo substantial changes in order to stabilize the situation in the region itself and in Ukraine, in particular. In November 2015 the EU reviewed its European Neighbourhood policy (ENP) in order to grow its security and governance dimension. My paper aims to study the ENP policy of the EU in order to find out strengths and weaknesses of the policy itself by looking at its instruments and programs implemented in Ukraine since 2009 . The question is to what extent and how well the ENP policy of the EU is able to incorporate the regional crisis, in my case in Ukraine.

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