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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė have signed a strategic partnership roadmap between their countries for 2013-2014.

For a while, Poland was Ukraine’s champion in the European Union. But after President Viktor Yanukovych’s visit to Lithuania this week, it appears the tiny Baltic nation with a population of 3 million people has taken over the ungrateful task.

Indeed, helping Ukraine’s integration with the West has been officially named one of Lithuania’s national priorities during its EU presidency, which begins in July.

It’s starting with tough love. We approve.

On Feb. 6, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said the failure of Ukraine’s authorities to solve the issue of the jailing of political opponents has jeopardized the country’s relationships with other nations and could postpone the signing of the touted Association Agreement scheduled for November in Vilnius. Kyiv needs to find solutions to what the West views as political persecution in the “nearest future,” she added...

The whole article available at Kyiv Post newspaper

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