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Russia asks a direct question: Ukraine must make a choice2009-08-17 23:06
Russian-Ukrainian relations are entering a fundamentally new stage as results from the open correspondence between presidents of both states the last week was marked with. Politologists highlight difference of expressed positions, influence of Dmitry Medvedev's address on Ukraine's home politics and Mikhail Zurabov as a newly appointed RF Ambassador to Ukraine who as the experts believe can settle relations that went wrong.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's address to his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushenko contained a number of specific interstate issues. It would take a paragraph to present them as theses.
The Russian side is concerned over: Ukraine's anti-Russian stand after the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict; Ukraine's intention to join NATO; Kiev's plan to break diplomatic ties with Russia primarily in energy sphere; desire of Ukrainian leadership to reconsider common history, heroization of nazi collaborationists, and continued extraction of the Russian language from Ukraine's public life.
All these facts according to Dmitry Medvedev make Russian leadership take thought of Ukrainian leaders' anti-Russian policies and postpone arrival of the new Ambassador to Ukraine. The reply from Ukrainian President Viktor Yushekno came two days after in the form of a public address with the head of the state virtually acknowledging supplies of Ukrainian arms to Georgia stating that formally it was a legal operation. The words that supplies were in full compliance with international law were not supplemented with evaluation of the actions that President Medvedev did: "civilians and Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinval were killed with Ukrainian weapons", and "those in Kiev who supplied arms to Georgian army and are not going to stop that (by the way) are equally responsible for committed crimes as is Tbilisi".
This is Yushenko's rather vague answer to the question about historical falsifications and heroization of nazi instigators. He said all Ukrainian people were facing "an attempt to deprive Ukraine of its own view of its history, its own national interests and foreign policy priorities". It's not specified whether the president's words about Ukraine's view of its own history and its national interests are directly connected with honoring SS Galitschina division veterans.
The reaction to Russia's complaints about Ukraine's intention to break down economic partnership, particularly in energy sphere, was even more extraordinary.
"More than once did our country confirm its reliability as an energy transporting partner carrying gas, oil and nuclear materials", - Viktor Yushenko stated.