Events in Ukraine raised the tone of rhetoric in the European media on the issue of EU-Russia relations. The developments are often depicted in a straightforward, even primitive way, as a standoff between Washington and Brussels, on one side, and Moscow on the other. It is being said that the strive of the Ukrainian people to join Europe is being blocked by the Russians, and thus there is need to “go to the end” and support the “democratic forces” in Ukraine.

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