Ukraine's Foreign Policy Under The New Government
HE Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine
Chair: James Sherr, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
The election of Viktor Yanukovych as President in February 2010 and the appointment of a new cabinet have led to a re-orientation in Ukraine's foreign policy course. The new President has stated that integration with the European Union is a key priority. However, the new government has also sought to improve relations with Russia via new agreements on gas and an extension of Russia's lease of the base for its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. The speaker will discuss the foreign policy priorities of the new Ukrainian administration amidst contending interests to the country's East and West.