Past eventResearch Event

Ukraine after the Elections

15 March 2010 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Savik Shuster, Broadcaster and Journalist, Kyiv
Andrew Wilson, European Council on Foreign Relations
Erik Berglof, EBRD Chief Economist
Chair: James Sherr, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House



With negotiations over a new government in the Rada continuing, the contours of Viktor Yanukovych's presidency are only beginning to appear. Yanukovych has promised there will be both a 'sharp turnaround' in relations with Russia, and that European integration will remain a priority. What will this mean in practice, and how will the new President approach the critical issue of energy negotiations with the Kremlin? Beyond geopolitical concerns, the President's most pressing challenges are on the domestic front, where he must tackle a devastating economic crisis, manage relations with parliament, and restart negotiations to unfreeze the IMF economic bailout.

This discussion, hosted by Chatham House and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, will consider the main challenges facing the Yanukovych presidency, and likely scenarios for Ukraine's domestic development and foreign policy.

Please note this event will take place at EBRD, One Exchange Square, EC2A 2JN.

The event will be followed by a reception from 19:00 to 20:00.