Moscow directly influenced Vilnius summit; EU failed to isolate Russia - Duma representative

The European Union failed to isolate Russia from the Eastern Partnership summit, head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov believes.

"The EU wanted to isolate us from the Eastern Partnership. It failed: Russia directly impacted the summit in Vilnius and was its actual participant," he twitted.

At the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius Ukraine did not sign the Association Agreement with the EU. Analysts believe that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych gave it up in favor of preferences from Russia. However, Yanukovych is sure that the door to the EU for Ukraine remains open and the country "has time that we should use to find an answer to the question on what conditions Ukraine can take the next step."

Pushkov thinks that the EU will not back Yanukovych in the 2015 presidential election. "The signal is clear: ahead of the Ukrainian elections in 2015 the EU will stake on the opposition and is looking for a replacement for Yanukovych. Expect new Maidans," he twitted earlier.

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