Is it not about this time of the year Russia starts threatening to turn gas supplies off?
Usually in January.
When Tymoshenko was in power she acquiesced to the not unreasonable Russian demands that energy bills be paid. But when Yanukovych narrowly won the next election he jailed her for kowtowing.
Interesting situation. If Ukraine should join the EU then Brussels will demand Tymoshenko’s release. And if Yanukovych again receives demands from Russia can he accept without losing face?
All the people I’ve spoken to agree that Ukraine would be less corrupt under Tymoshenko but Yanukovych personally owns the major banks, manufacturing and metallurgical plants.
We live in interesting times.
Biggest protests so far today – even my wife & I joined the marchers!
… Anti government uproar in parliament but no majority unfortunately.
… And what does President Yanukovych have to say? Nothing! He’s just remembered an urgent appointment in China!
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Yet another Country rife with "back door dealings" being offered millions to join a flagging EU club...............WHY?
It was suggested that the EU was designed to be a challenge to the US, so is it now challenging Russia also?
How long before the Peace Prize is handed back?
The protests seem to be changing direction. Not so much joining EU as deposing a corrupt mafia government and getting out from under the Russian thumb. If fund/sloans were put into setting up a legimate government and building a proper infrastructure then Ukraine could be a valuable EU member.
Ukraine has a highly educated population, coal, gas and huge manufacturing and agricultural potential.
We’re not talking Romas here.
Jaycey, would it be the EU funding for the infrastructure of the Ukraine? Thats what gets me, the EU cannot balance the books or provide for the members who are already in it...............As proven with Greece & Italy, becoming members of the EU never stopped the corruption, in fact their politicians had a right earner. I personally wonder why anyone would even ponder joining the EU with its high unemployment & massive overspending. The only way I would want to join the EU is if I was worse off than the people who live there. So the Q is Jaycey, not really knowing much about the Ukraine & the fact that you know the country, are Ukrainians worse off than other EU countries or on par?