The Association Agreement: Trilateralisation amidst War

  • Rilka Dragneva
  • Kataryna Wolczuk


This chapter examines Russia’s efforts to stymie the conclusion of the economic part of the Association Agreement, the so-called DCFTA, which provides for Ukraine’s deep economic integration with the EU. These efforts drew the EU into the Ukraine-Russian imbroglio as the forcefulness of Russia’s objections to the DCFTA required a response from the EU. While these objections offer a penetrating insight into Russia’s broader security and geopolitical concerns, the EU’s response also highlights the challenges it faced in addressing technical issues and rules in the context of high (geo)politics and peace-building efforts.


Association Agreement DCFTA Eastern Partnership ENP EU Eurasian Economic Union Eurasian integration European Neighbourhood Policy post-Soviet integration post-Soviet region Russia Ukraine Ukrainian crisis 


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© Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolczuk 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rilka Dragneva
    • 1
  • Kataryna Wolczuk
    • 2
  1. 1.Development and Regional IntegrationUniversity of BirminghamUK
  2. 2.Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES)University of BirminghamUK

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