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Russia and Ukraine Grow More Distant

MIN READDec 7, 2015 | 10:15 GMT

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) during a ceremony in France.

(CHRISTOPHE ENA/AFP/Getty Images)

As 2015 comes to a close, the relationship between Russia and Ukraine is still deadlocked. The most immediate issue between the two is the suspension of Ukrainian electricity supplies to Crimea. There is also the disagreement over Ukraine's trade agreement with the European Union, which has led Russia to threaten restrictions on agricultural imports from Ukraine. Both sides appear to be preparing for these problems to go unresolved for some time, but progress is still possible. The same probably cannot be said for the standoff over eastern Ukraine, which is likely to continue well into next year....

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