Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (L) looks at European Council President Donald Tusk (R) as he delivers a speech during a joint press conference at the end of the 18th EU-Ukraine summit at the European Commission in Brussels on November 24, 2016.
The European Union's top officials hold a summit with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko amid fears about US President-elect Donald Trump's closeness to Russia. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will press EU leaders to hold firm against Russia amid fears that US President-elect Donald Trump may ditch the Western coalition against Moscow.Poroshenko's summit with Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Union's top officials, will focus on political reforms demanded by Brussels.
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DAVID STERN – Ukrainians fall out of love with Europe

KIEV — “The video is funny because it’s so true,” says my Ukrainian teacher, Katrin Khalabuzar, during a recent lesson at a Kiev hipster café.

I see why the video has struck a nerve with her and close to 50,000 other Ukrainians: It shows President Petro Poroshenko promising at various points that a deal to allow Ukrainians to travel to the European Union without visas would be signed in the very near future. First, he says the agreement will come by January 1, 2015. Then by December 2015. Then “no later” than 2016. And so on. It ends with a final and — so far unfulfilled — promise.

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