Alas, the circular firing squad has widened its perimeter.
With respect to the issue of 'uniatism' and the continuation of ecumenical dialogue, I would suggest that those not familiar with the so-called Balamand Declaration read it, keeping in mind that what it says doesn't please everyone and what it doesn't say may be more important. http://orthodoxwiki.org/Balamand_Statement
I will concede that Rome has not been entirely consistent with the ideals of Balamand in the intervening decades and that 'hot heads' on both sides have contributed to continued strife in some areas. However, on the whole things have improved.
Balamand should be read together with the North American Consultation's 1994 response to Balamand, which expresses more than a few cautionary thoughts on the entire issue. http://www.scoba.us/resources/orthodox-catholic/27.html
However, these words from the Consultation's response continue to ring true: "In a balanced and even-handed way, it (Balamand) seeks to put an end to the present tensions occasioned by the existence of the Eastern Catholic churches. On the one hand, as the Document points out repeatedly: "... `uniatism' can no longer be accepted either as a method to be followed or as a model of the unity our churches are seeking" , "because it is opposed to the common tradition of our churches". At the same time, as the document also states, "concerning the Oriental Catholic churches (i.e. the Eastern Catholics), it is clear that they, as part of the Catholic Communion, have the right to exist and to act in answer to the spiritual needs of their faithful."
At the local level in America, relations between the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic communities who share a common lineage has improved considerably over the past twenty years. Families have worked to heal their long standing divisions over this issue and the climate has improved WITHOUT anyone conceding their own faith and while ACKNOWLEDGING the reality that we are NOT the same.
Likewise in Europe, the reality on the ground is that over the past two decades things have largely calmed down as the influence of the West in terms of human rights issues and greater contact with the rest of the world has occurred. In many parts of Slovakia and Ukraine, parishes SHARE or alternate use of facilities while one side or the other builds new temples.
The fears of the MP I suspect have more to do with two issues which historically trump issues of 'faith' in Russian politics: fear of Roman Rite growth in areas where population shifts have occurred since the collapse of the USSR and fear of Ukrainian nationalism as evidenced by the cooperation between the UOC-KP and the UGCC. (After all Rome has never been able to suppress her own 'old school' anti-ecumenical extremists who still view Russia (and the rest of Orthodoxy) as 'unchurched' and seek the Romanization of Russia. (About as likely I suspect as the Greek recapture of Constantinople.) We need to worry about real problems and realistic goals.....subjects for another discussion however, as this thread is way off the rails by now!)
Frankly, any attempt by Rome to 'force' the return of Eastern Catholics to Orthodoxy in advance of any ultimate reunion would likely drive most to the Roman Church. Let them be and when, and if, God wills that our Churches attain the basis for reunion their existence will be moot and they will have preserved their eastern orientation and patrimony.