By Ilya Khineyko
It seems that the two neighbors do not have much time for each other at the moment. Russia is trying to deflect criticism over her stance in international affairs and human rights record at the G-8 summit in Germany. Meanwhile, Ukraine is at the beginning of a new election campaign and trying to recover from a prolonged political crisis. That is why Viktor Yushchenko’s insistence that “Ukraine has not done anything to complicate Ukrainian-Russian relations” is slightly surprising. However, given recent developments an escalation of tensions between the two countries does indeed seem probable.
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