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Russia asks a direct question: Ukraine must make a choice

2009-08-17 23:06

President Yushenko categorically denies any accusations of extraction of the Russian language from the social life remarking that, on the contrary "elementary, non-biased evaluations of the language situation in Ukraine and Russia show opposite facts. That is why the Ukrainian minority in the Russian Federation is practically devoid of any opportunity to fulfill their right to satisfy their national and cultural needs".

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As the experts remark assertions of the Ukrainian side on the country's sovereignty, the right to conduct independent policies the neighbor must respect - be it the urge to join NATO, attempts to rewrite history or arms supplies to Georgia, form a total residue. Ukrainian leadership deliberately omits the fact that freedom and independence vs chaos and permissiveness are not the same thing, and that the international politics is a set of compromises, with neighbors first of all, and the actions of one state can badly affect the interests of another. (If, of course, all this is not in air-free space).

The invalidity of Yushenko's reply was noted by Ukrainian politologists too. Director of Ukrainian subsidiary of the Institute of the CIS Countries Vladimir Kornilov remarked that "Medvedev is much more preferable as he directly challenged the Ukrainian leaders receiving Yushenko's reply with no answers to the claims in it at all".

It is also noteworthy how rapidly President Medvedev's address to his Ukrainian counterpart became a domestic issue in Ukraine. Some media note that it "has blown up the Ukrainian society". Indeed, the letter contains familiar issues controversially treated in the Ukrainian society. For the first time they were raised on a summit level outlining Russia's explicit policy here.

It seems possible that from now on Russian-Ukrainian relations will be built on an entirely new level Medvedev's address set the foundations of. Thereupon politologists consider Mikhail Zurabov's appointment as Russia's Ambassador to Ukraine as indicative: he is "a practical- minded person and a rigorous executive", Alexey Ostrovsky, CIS Affairs State Duma Committee Chairman says.

‘Zurabov declared himself as a practical-minded person and a rigorous executive in his previous appointments", - is his comment on the appointment order as ambassador, - these are the essential qualities in today's Russian-Ukrainian relations".

Alexey Vlasov, Director General of Information and Analysis Center at Moscow State University agrees here: "Speaking about appointment of a new ambassador to Ukraine, the Kremlin chose an "efficient-manager" scenario.

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