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A Cold Front From the East

Hover over the countries in the cartoon below for a summary of the diplomatic wrangling.

The European Union is holding its Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on November 28-29, with several former Soviet states seeking association and trade agreements with the EU. Russia is not happy about this. Instead, the Kremlin wants these countries, which have traditionally been in its orbit, to join a Moscow-led customs union. But with limited carrots at its disposal, Moscow has opted for sticks to discourage Eastern Partnership countries from taking a westward path.

Cartoon by Katerina Martinovich