European Union and Ukraine: The strategic partnership leading to (some)where?

Petrović, Miloš (2022) European Union and Ukraine: The strategic partnership leading to (some)where? Međunarodni problemi=International Problems, LXXIV (1). pp. 75-101. ISSN 0025-8555

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This article analyses the evolving nature of the strategic relationship between Ukraine and the EU since the onset of the second decade of the 21st century. The author aims to show that, although the two sides have for years been elevating their ties through the neighbourhood policy and the Eastern Partnership strategic initiative, Kyiv’s ultimate ambition has always been focused on securing the EU membership perspective. The author considers the Ukrainian EU membership request precarious due to the Union’s concerns over stability, Kyiv’s territorial integrity problems and the ongoing war, the unfavourable impact for the current membership candidates, but also since such a request sets a precedent for the other eastern partners. To explicate the abovementioned aspects, the author primarily uses the historical method and the document analysis, to clarify in greater detail the chief political events which have gradually led towards the current state. Research conclusions point out that, despite Ukraine’s right to apply for EU membership, such a request is unlikely to result in a speedy accession, due to a variety of abovementioned aspects, coupled with a complicated decision-making process in the Union in that regard. In spite of that, the EU intends to continue supporting Ukraine as a strategic partner in a variety of domains, including also an indirect aid in combating the Russian military incursion. The author finds that the EU’s response to the membership application will have extensive ramifications not only on the two parties’ relations, but also on the enlargement policy and the Eastern Partnership domain.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ukrainian crisis, EU membership request, enlargement policy, Eastern Partnership, neighbourhood, Russia, conflict.
Depositing User: Ana Vukićević
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2022 13:32
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2022 13:32

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