Ukraine after the Presidential Elections: How the West Should Respond
Is the election of Viktor Yanukovych as president of Ukraine an opportunity to correct Western and U.S. policy and free it of past illusions? Or is an event that should give the West pause and grounds for apprehension? Bruce Jackson and James Sherr take very different views on what this election means and how the West should respond.
In Jackson's view, Washington's policy toward Ukraine needs to be reset and liberated from fallacies that have guided our policy in the past. Above all, we need to see Ukraine as it is and not as we wish it to be.
Sherr supports a warm Western embrace of Yanukovych yet warns that the new president and his supporters have an ambivalent view of Western values and will seek to join the West on their own terms. He also warns that Ukraine is too vulnerable to maintain the neutrality that Yanukovych aspires to, and that it is naive to believe that Ukraine's relationship with the EU can be a substitute for a strong relationship with NATO.