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Yushchenko Seeks EU Membership for Ukraine

Viktor Yushchenko made his first trip to the West as Ukraine’s president Tuesday, seeking recognition of the former Soviet republic’s right to join the European Union and other Western institutions.Yushchenko called on the EU to commit by 2007 to membership talks and said he would push through democratic reforms to aid Ukraine’s bid to join the 25-nation bloc. Coming after the dramatic “people power” showdown that put the Western-leaning reformer in office, his appearance increased pressure on EU officials to embrace Ukraine at a time of little appetite among members for further expansion into poorer parts of Europe. It also could raise concerns in the Kremlin about the weakening of Russian influence over another former Soviet republic.Full Story

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