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Ukraine: the Day After

How the United States can help.

Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By JEFFREY GEDMIN
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Never underestimate the power of gestures, the importance of symbols, and the capacity of a nation to remember later the vital support received in difficult periods. The Poles got this during the Cold War, and get this today. In times like these, the EU should open its doors very wide. A new government in Kiev should be able to fulfill quickly the EU’s conditions for signing the long-concluded Association Agreement. Full EU membership must be the endgame. Perhaps Warsaw can push Berlin to push the EU.

Let’s encourage the EU to lead. It actually seems so inclined. Brave and authentic cries for freedom are hard to ignore. Which is why it would be a betrayal of American ideals if, at such a moment, we failed to do our own part to help Ukrainians who are fighting for a freer, prosperous future.

Jeffrey Gedmin is a senior fellow at Georgetown University and a former president and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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