Ukraine matters. It’s strategically located. It’s in Europe’s geographic center. It borders seven countries.
In alphabetical order, they include Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Russia. After Western/Central Russia, it’s Europe’s largest country territorially.
It’s resource rich. Zbigniew Brzezinski once said “without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire.”
Recently he said if Russia ever reunites with Ukraine, it’ll be a Eurasian powerhouse. If Ukraine allies with Western Europe, Moscow will be significantly weakened geopolitically.
The battle for Ukraine continues. Its future is up for grabs. A previous article said street protests are manipulated.
Washington’s dirty hands are involved. Young militants were recruited. They’re street thugs. They’re up to no good. They’re paid to protest. Radical nationalists joined them. Ukraine’s future is at stake.
On Tuesday, mixed reports surfaced. President Viktor Yanukovych was quoted saying:
“We cannot talk about the future without talking about restoring trade relations with Russia.” He stressed a “future treaty on strategic partnership.”
Does he or does he not mean a Customs Union? Agreeing to one rules out an EU alliance. It’s one or the other, not both.
At the same time, he repeated what he said earlier. He favors European integration. On December 10, Voice of Russia(VOR) headlined “Yanukovych approves plan to sign Ukraine-EU agreement in March 2014.”
Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk announced it. So did Yanukovych. He did so after meeting with three former Ukrainian presidents – Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma, and Viktor Yushchenko.
“We have sent the government a task to speed up this work,” said Yanukovych.
“As soon as we reach an understanding and such a compromise is achieved, it will be signed.”
“I have said repeatedly that since 1997, the program of the Party of Regions has had the integration of Ukraine into European space as a strategic objective.”
On December 11, a First Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Abruzov-led delegation left for Brussels.
Work on the “joint Ukrainian-EU working group” will begin, said Yanukovych.
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- It’s Time for Ukraine’s Protesters to Bargain – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Political Efforts Afoot To Resolve Ukraine Crisis (rferl.org)
- UKRAINE CLASHESPolice storm protest camp in capital, evict activists (foxnews.com)