A story has long circulated that in 2005 when Viktor Yushchenko, then the freshly elected president of Ukraine, walked into his presidential office for the first time after winning the long and bitter standoff known as the Orange Revolution, he looked nervously at his aides and asked: “Now that we’re here, what do we do?” Of the 42 candidates vying for the Ukrainian presidency in 2019, few would be able to answer that question. They simply have no programme and no plan. The overwhelming majority of candidates do not need one. Very few entered the race in good faith and the rest are simply there to distract the voters. However, beyond all the noise, one must keep in mind that this is an important election to reaffirm Ukraine’s European choice, to eradicate pervasive corruption, to tackle an unreformed and slow-growing economy, and to pursue an elusive peace in Donbass. From a Western perspective, it would be ideal if, after all the bold, idealistic, and … [Read more...] about Ukraine’s presidential election is the culmination of political processes
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The President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, attended several meetings and festivities during his recent official visit to Russia. By comparing his declarations and the events happening nowadays in Moldova, one could see whether the President’s messages are a conscious tendency to fortify the Eastern Partnership or a superficial and hateful speech used in political interests. The President’s official Facebook page is reporting on all the meetings Igor Dodon had, as well as the main topics discussed at them. The last event Dodon attended in Russia was a festivity of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The festivity was attended by the Russian President Vladimir Putin as well. Igor Dodon declared, in a post on his official Facebook page, that he thanked Patriarch Kirill for his activity “directed to the unity of our Churches and of all the Orthodox people, for the care for the Moldovan Orthodox … [Read more...] about Igor Dodon’s declarations – aimed to fortify the partnership with Russia or to promote hatred and confusion in the Moldovan society?
Russia has warned Ukraine could lose its statehood.Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, said authorities of the former Soviet republic are being “controlled” by the West, warning it stands to lose its independence and identity as a consequence.“The continuation of such policy by the Kiev authorities can contribute to the loss of Ukraine’s statehood,” Mr Patrushev told Rossiyskaya Gazeta, according to Russian news agency Tass.“The Kiev authorities are doing everything to split Ukraine, implementing the West’s scenario to break Ukraine away from Russia, while ignoring the interests of its own people.“As a result, the country has been de facto split.”UKRAINE-RUSSIA CRISIS DEEPENSA crisis is continuing to unfold between Ukraine and Russia, following the latter's 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea, an autonomous region in Ukraine’s southeast.Over 10,000 people have been killed since the unrest … [Read more...] about ‘Loss of Ukraine’s statehood’, warns Russian official
William Cummings USA TODAY Published 4:15 PM EST Jan 13, 2019 President Donald Trump reacted sharply to a New York Times report published Friday, which said that after he fired FBI director James Comey, the bureau began to investigate whether Trump was "knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence." "Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" Fox News host – and vocal Trump supporter – Jeanine Pirro asked Trump during a phone interview Saturday night. "I think it's the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked," Trump replied. "I think it's the most insulting article I’ve ever had written. And if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing." The article said, "No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials." But Trump felt the Times' headline was unfair and … [Read more...] about Trump slams New York Times report on FBI fear he worked for Russia
US President Donald Trump faced uncomfortable new questions Sunday about his relationship with Vladimir Putin despite his angry dismissal of a report that he has kept top aides in the dark about his private conversations with the Russian leader. Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russia than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but some had questions. "I want to find out a little bit more about what happened there," said Senator Ted Cruz, on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I want to learn more than just the allegations in the press." The Post reported that Trump has gone to unusual lengths to keep his private talks with Putin secret, withholding details from senior officials and at one point even taking away his own interpreter's notes. That account followed another in The New York Times that the FBI became so alarmed after Trump fired director James Comey in May 2017 that it opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was … [Read more...] about Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin