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Ukraine bows to Russian pressure, suspends EU entry bid
Ukraine bows to Russian pressure, suspends EU entry bid

Ukraine announced Thursday that it was suspending its bid to join the European Union in favor of working toward better trade ties with Russia, a sign of the Kremlin's success in keeping a former Soviet republic within its political orbit. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said his government made the decision to turn East rather than West "with the aim of adopting measures to ensure national security." The statement followed the Ukrainian parliament's rejection earlier Thursday of six different measures that would have let jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko leave the country for medical treatment abroad. Freeing the charismatic leader of Ukraine's Orange...

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