Part I. Origins of the foreign policy of Ukraine
1.1. Origins of the Ukrainian state 9
1.2. Kyievan Rus and the world 15
1.3. Foreign policy of Halych-Volyn State 30
1.4. Diplomacy of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytskyi 33
1.5. Foreign policy of Ukrainian hetmans in the 17th–18th centuries 48
1.6. Foreign policy of the Ukrainian People’s Republic 57
1.7. Role of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in the foreign policy of the Soviet Union 66
1.8. Process of reunification of Ukrainian lands 70
1.9. Ukrainian Soviet Republic in the United Nations 73
Part II. Formation of the independent foreign policy of Ukraine
2.1. Foundations and principles of the foreign policy of Ukraine 79
2.2. Process of formation of the foreign policy of Ukraine 82
2.3. Functions of the foreign policy of Ukraine 90
Part III. Modern foreign policy challenges
3.1. Territorial integrity and inviolability of the borders 94
3.2. International guarantees of the non-nuclear status 106
3.3. Appropriation of Ukrainian cultural, historic and material heritage by Russia 115
3.4. Protection of Ukrainian citizens abroad 118
3.5. Formation of the positive international image of Ukraine 121
Part IV. Bilateral relations of Ukraine
4.1. Relations with the neighboring EU states 123
4.2. Leading world powers in the Ukrainian policy 139
4.3. Russia and “new independent states” in the Ukrainian foreign policy 175
4.4. Cooperation with the countries of Latin America, Asian-Pacific region and Africa 197
Part V. Ukraine in international organizations
5.1. Universal international organizations 221
5.2. Regional, transregional and subregional organizations 242
5.3. Ukrainian initiatives: GUAM 262
5.4. Cooperation with other international organizations 268
Ukraine has won its European identity through its heroic actions, history and individuals. The European identity of Ukraine opens doors to the future – a wide range of possibilities for economic development, social and intellectual progress, as well as the strengthening of our positions in the system of international coordinates. European integration, as chosen by Ukraine, is viewed as a key priority of our foreign policy and our strategic goals.
The policies of modern Ukraine are based on the principles of international law, human rights protection, as well as European values of dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, law and solidarity.
The aspiration of Ukraine to be fully integrated into European institutions, as stated in a number of Ukrainian government documents, is construed as a practical support for a stable and unified Europe. It is a strategic task for the Ukrainian state to actively participate in the process of the formation of a European economic and political space, a space of freedom, security and justice.
Professor Lyudmyla D. Chekalenko introduces the readers to her vision of the turbulent events of the history and modern developments of Ukraine, as well as directs their attention to the challenges for Ukrainian security that call forth the European choice of Ukraine.
I have no doubt that this book will be of benefit to all people who care about our future, true patriots of Ukraine, and all those who strive to build the Ukrainian state in order for it to be worthy of its history and its European future.
Honoured Scientist of Ukraine, economic advisor to the Ukrainian government, full
member of the Club of Rome, long-time director of Switzerland’s InternationalManagement Institute