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News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

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RIGA -- Unlike the previous EU Eastern Partnership summit in 2013, which triggered the Ukraine crisis after the country's ex-president scuttled a deal on closer ties with Brussels, the summit that wrapped up May 22 is unlikely to send such shock waves across the continent.
 
Instead, the meeting in the Latvian capital highlighted a new split in Europe, one that runs through the EU's six so-called "eastern partners" themselves.
 
On one side of this fault line are Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, who have signed on with virtually everything proposed by the EU under the auspices of the Eastern Partnership program. These three ex-Soviet states' main complaints have been over what they see as Brussels' lack of ambition in pushing for their greater integration with the EU.
 
Standing on the other side are Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, who repeatedly grumbled in the run-up to and during the May 21-22 summit over wording on Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and language on the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, which lies at the heart of the standoff between Baku and Yerevan.
 

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