Russia is actively intimidating Ukraine, in light of the November Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, where Kyiv expects to sign the EU Association Agreement. In mid-August, Ukrainian exports were effectively stopped for one week at the Russian border. The conflict has seemingly eased, but Moscow undoubtedly will keep menacing Kyiv, to warn it about how painful “life without Russia” might be. Given Ukraine’s already-shaky economic position, an unfriendly advance from Russia, even if temporary, will only make the country’s position more precarious. More about recent tendencies you can read in our new report “Russia the Troublemaker?”. The full report could be obtained through subscription at Global Source (www.globalsourcepartners.com). Trial access is available.