Moscow seems to be making effort to patch up its relations with the West after a fall-out over Ukraine by trying to refocus attention away from Eastern Europe and onto the Middle East. Experts say, however, that the trick might not work.
European Union (EU) ministers on Monday endorsed the postponement of the free trade agreement with Ukraine until 2016, stipulating that the document can only be changed by bilateral agreement, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said.
"It's a historic moment," was the reaction when Kiev and Brussels ratified the Ukrainian-EU Association Agreement on Tuesday. However, celebration might be somewhat premature, since Moscow, eager to keep Ukraine within its own sphere of influence and away from the EU, has won significant concessions.