Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow in this October 22, 2012 file photo. When Yanukovich rejected a trade pact with the European Union and turned to Moscow, he put off painful, EU-prescribed economic surgery that could have hurt his re-election prospects. But he disappointed entrepreneurs who had hoped the EU deal would bring long-term growth by giving them easier access to rich markets and pushing Kiev harder to pursue policies – from cutting red tape and graft to tightening state budgets – that the IMF says would make post-Soviet Ukraine more competitive. To match UKRAINE-EU/ECONOMY REUTERS/Sergey Ponomarev/Pool/Files (RUSSIA – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)