Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union (Source euobserver.com) Germany’s Angela Merkel has said Ukraine is free to “go to” Russia’s “Eurasian Union”, amid signs of a new willingness to make peace with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD on (24 August), the German chancellor said her visit to Kiev was designed to prepare for peace talks between Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Putin in Minsk , but warned the public not to expect a “breakthrough”. She mentioned Ukrainian “decentralisation”, a deal on gas prices, and Ukraine’s “trade relations” with Russia as elements that could bring about an accord. “And if Ukraine says we are going to the Eurasian Union now, the European Union would never make a big conflict out of it, but would insist on a voluntary decision,” Merkel added. The Minsk event is billed as a summit of the three states – Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia – in Putin’s “Customs Union”. Russia set up the Customs Union as an alternative to the Eastern Partnership, an EU project to create a free trade zone with former Soviet states.