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    SaoMagnifico, kalmoth

    Two aspects of the Association Agreement (with the EU) are relevant here.

    The purpose of that agreement is to provide Ukraine and Ukrainians with a "Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement" which included free movement in return for progress towards compliance with the acquis. For those unfamiliar with the term acquis communautaire, it is the whole body of legislation, laws and obligations for the EU as a body.

    In particular, the first of the  two aspects you should note is the assistance given under it to establish a functioning democracy. Of necessity that includes advice and training to both political parties and institutions which may involve grants towards the costs of equipment etc.

    The other part is the prosecution (in both senses) of corruption. The Yanukovich mansion outside Kyiv (which is actually owned by an offshore company in a tax haven that is believed to be owned by a confederate, not Y himself) and Sochi show exactly why fighting corruption is such an anathema to both Y and Putin.

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:30:53 PM PST

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