Russia has been tightening its grip on Crimea ahead of a referendum on independence. Meanwhile, Ukraine's government plans to formalize ties with the EU and could sign an association agreement next week.
The Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty has been highly controversial on both sides in the past. Now, Kyiv has apparently had its patience tested for too long. The agreement, which expires in 2019, will not be extended.
The standoff between Ukraine and Russia has catapulted the Sea of Azov to the top of the international agenda. In the port city of Mariupol, it's apparent that the conflict has been long in the making.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said Germany could mediate between Ukraine and Russia in the ongoing crisis in the Sea of Azov. But some critics in Germany are calling on Berlin to help Kyiv militarily.
America will survive beyond Trump's presidency — and so should the transatlantic relationship, writes Romanian analyst Radu Magdin. With its complex geopolitics, Eastern Europe plays a key role in this context.
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