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Ukraine’s Yanukovych on Controversial Visit to Moscow

World | December 17, 2013, Tuesday // 08:52| Views: 759 | Comments: 3
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Bulgaria: Ukraine’s Yanukovych on Controversial Visit to Moscow The presidents of Ukraine and Russia will meet later on Tuesday. Photo by RIA-Novosti

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday in Moscow to discuss closer cooperation between the two countries.

Yanukovych is expected to seek an international loan, as well as discount on Russian gas, according to the BBC.

The Ukrainian president’s visit to Moscow comes amidst massive protests in the capital Kiev, against the country’s decision to pull out of the Association Agreement with the EU.

“No one from the media or amongst the Ukrainian citizens knows the true aim of this visit and we will only know afterwards. I’m sure that the visit is wrong and nobody knows the conditions of these negotiations”, commented the opposition leader and former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko.

Russia is trying to lure Ukraine into its own customs union, while the public outcry is that Ukraine should break with its past and look towards a European future.

The opposition is planning another massive rally later on Tuesday.

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sa-sha - 17 Dec 2013 // 10:39:26

A bit too emotional, Matt, no? ;-)....Look, I do fully understand the West: it fights, it draggs Ukraine into the
sphere of its influence, it spits on all norms and rules of int-l relations: look at the recently adopted by EP resolution which calls for early election in Ukraine(!), look at permanent visits of EU/USA politicians to Maidan, at openly passed to "oppositionists" huge money.....But what about You, Matt, do You find all this normal?, it is not the impudent pressure on Ukraine in order to force it to "sell ass" for "democracy" offered to Ukraine in the form of Association Agreement (AA)? Well, let's spit on the Western hysterical reaction on Yanukovich' visit to Moscow and let's better look at the predictable results for Ukraine of signing the above AA:
In strict conformity with the articles of the Association Agreement and the IMF "standard requirements", Matt, they [Ukrainian people] "will gain" :
-discontinuing state subsidies, which means rising electricity/gas/transport tariffs for population by 1,5/2/1,5 times respectively (You remember, sure, Bulgarians' reaction on rising electricity bills earlier this year?)
- freezing pensions and public servants' salaries;
- increasing retirement age by 3/2 (men/women) years;
- cancel trade restrictions that support local business, hence: mass bankruptcies (in Ukrainian metallurgy and in heavy, defence and chemical industries first of all);
- sudden rise in unemployment level and the attempts of mass emigration to Western Europe;
- closing Russian market for Ukrainian goods....
Apart from the above "gainings", Ukraine will have to spent ~170bln Euros within 5-7 coming years in order to bring its economy up to European standards. And this is not the whole list of "gainings", however..............
And RIGHT NOW, Matt, right now Yanukovich visits Moscow in order to get money for ensuring Ukraine' joining
to...right, Matt, to EU!........................“What a strange world we live in...said Alice to the Queen of hearts” ;-)

Tania Oz - 17 Dec 2013 // 10:13:56

Lol, Tsar Pooty looks like a real shorty pants next to Yanukovych. That's sure to bruise that gigantic ego.

mattbg - 17 Dec 2013 // 09:40:47

bend over and brace, you're selling your ass for gas!

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