Russia Accuses EU of 'Pressuring' Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that Europe is attempting to “pressure” Ukraine into signing an association agreement.
“We are surprised by the attempts to put blatant pressure on the Ukrainian government, which continue despite the decisions taken in Moscow," Lavrov told Russian lawmakers on Wednesday, as cited by RIA Novosti.
“Kiev is demanded to make its ‘free’ choice in favor of Europe,”the Russian Foreign Minister stated.
He spoke a day after Russia agreed to buy USD 15 B worth of Ukrainian government bonds and cut prices for natural gas.
The agreement between Ukraine and Russia comes against a backdrop of ongoing mass protests in Ukraine over the decision of President Viktor Yanukovych to back out of a strategic association agreement with the EU.
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...;-)...I mark Your words, Peter, as well as the VillaGuy' nice replica. A few comments:
(1) "[Russian] pressure" is irrelevant, since not "Putin offered", but Yanukovich asked for the loan;
(2) The above "asking" was №2, while №1 was Ukrainian "asking" for money from IMF a few weeks earlier;
(3) About the results of "asking №1" for the "normal IMF loan where one bails out another": the amount of the
offered by IMF loan was equal to the amount of the Ukrainian previous debt to IMF and was to cover just that very debt, so touching "care" about de facto sinking Ukraine, so nice "IMF bailing IMF" picture. And even that sorry to say "loan" was accompanied by the "normal conditions", such as: gas/electricity bills' rising, freezing salaries, cutting subsidies for energetics and agriculture, etc...
So, Peter, under such circumstances Russian loan turned to be the real bailout for Ukraine. And as for Putin's "pound of flesh", time is the best arbitre, time will show.
Whatever the facts about the case a 15B loan from Putin will mean he wants his pound of flesh. Offering the loan that he knew was needed was pressure. Sure the IMF wanted conditions, that is normal in any negotiation where one bails out another, a kind of safeguard. Mark my words, when the facts are known it will transpire that Putin has demanded his pound of flesh, and that will mean there is still a price to pay.
Pressure, the real pressure, Peter, is the International Monetary Fund' pushing Ukraine to freeze social payments to its citizens as a condition for providing an "IMF bailout loan", while Russian loan saved the country from economic and social collapse, as Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said yesterday.