Ukraine is geographically, politically and economically sandwiched between Russia and Europe, providing a key transit corridor for Russian gas to Europe and leasing its warm-water bases to the Russian navy's Black Sea Fleet. This paper considers Black Sea security from Ukraine's particular perspective. It argues that none of the frozen conflicts in the region can be resolved without constructive Russian participation, and it underlines the need for regional cooperation to tackle mutual problems such as illicit trafficking and to improve regional transportation and communications.
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