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Hot Russian Presidential Candidate Yulia Tymoshenko seeks EU Membership

15. January 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

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With the Ukrainian Presidential Election just days away, Yulia Tymoshenko – the current Ukrainian Prime Minister and one of the top two candidates for the position of President – has outlined a plan for Ukraine’s immediate future which echoes that of current President Viktor Yushchenko.

Yushchenko came into office after the Orange Revolution with plans for full EU and NATO membership for Ukraine, but many of his plans fell by the wayside as infighting between him and his former Orange Revolution ally, Yulia Tymoshenko caused major parliamentary and governmental upheavals. Now Tymoshenko, a candidate for the Presidency herself, has echoed these sentiments in her own campaign calling for full EU Membership within her 5 year term. Despite the enthusiasm, many people believe it to be an unlikely goal, as Ukraine is currently not even being considered as a candidate by the European Union. The EU, an alliance of 27 European Countries is not currently considering Ukraine as a candidate for membership and polls indicate only around 34% of Ukraine’s population support joining the Union.

Yulia Tymoshenko has also raised eyebrows with another recent campaign promise – to foster a better relationship with Russia. This about-turn from the current administration’s focus would come as a big change. Current President Viktor Yushchenko had a perceived anti-Moscow approach to international diplomacy, which ended in an “Open Letter” video broadcast from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev officially withholding sending an Ambassador to the country.