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Ukraine and Triangular Diplomacy: Kyiv’s Legitimacy Dilemmas in the Midst of the Crisis

  • Valentina Feklyunina
  • Valentyna Romanova
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Abstract

This chapter analyses Ukraine’s attempts to influence the triangular diplomacy pursued by the EU and the US. Unable to influence Russia’s behaviour directly, Ukraine sought to influence it by appealing to Brussels and Washington for symbolic, diplomatic and material support. Wary of the EU’s lack of internal cohesion and aware of the importance of its economic links with Russia, Kyiv sought, mostly unsuccessfully, to advocate a more active diplomatic role for Washington. While Kyiv largely succeeded in communicating its narrative of the crisis, it struggled to convert this discursive success into a diplomatic one. The perceived inadequacy of the resulting US and EU support for Ukraine and pressure on Russia has weakened pro-EU support within Ukraine.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valentina Feklyunina
    • 1
  • Valentyna Romanova
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of NewcastleNewcastle-upon-TyneUK
  2. 2.Institute for Strategic Studies “New Ukraine”KyivUkraine

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