As one might expect, the Western mainstream media has portrayed Ukraine's rejection of an "Eastern partnership" as a turn away from civilized democracy and toward the "autocracy" of Russia's Putin. In fact, one reads the Russian president's name in such articles more often than that of his Ukrainian counterpart. It was only Russian bullying and blackmail, they write, that has frightened Ukraine away from the EU's kind and generous offer.
There must be more to the story. And there is. Watch Ron Paul Institute Academic Advisor John Laughland and others debate the issue on RT's must-watch Crosstalk program with Peter Lavelle: