Could Ukraine become an area of cooperation between Russia and Europe? Could European countries break free?
This issue was brought to the forefront in a speech given by the Russian president Vladimir Putin in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Dec 2:
"The events in Ukraine, they remind me less of a revolution than of a pogrom. And strange as it is, this all has little to do with Ukraine-EU relations... As I already said, everything that is happening is not directly related to cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union..." http://eng.kremlin.ru/transcripts/636Trilateral Agreement
I have the impression that Putin is not just aiming at "taking back" Ukraine from the West. Actually he intends to use the Ukraine issue in a very subtle way to establish a trilateral agreement - EU (or at least part of it), Ukraine, Russia.