Den voices its concern in the wake of a decision by the Ukrainian government to abandon plans to sign an association agreement with the European Union at the Vilnius Eastern partnership summit on November 28 and 29.

At the same time, the failure to close the deal will only amount to a temporary freeze, writes the newspaper. In its editorial, Den points out that the EU has already made use of stop-start strategy in accession negotiations with another former communist country, Slovakia —

At the time [1994-1998], Slovakia was ruled by a certain Vladimír Mečiar. The European Union did not trust him at all and was wary of Russian influence. He was seen as a conduit for this. Moscow was purchasing gas pipelines in the country on a large scale.

However, the newspaper points out that “Ukraine is not Slovakia” and this pause in the development of ties with the EU represents a “much more dangerous” risk for the country.