Friday, 29 August 2008

Ukraine goes wobbly too

Just as Georgia’s accession to NATO now seems very seriously in doubt, the tectonic plates of Ukrainian politics have also shifted. The former pro-Western allies there have fallen out, a development which threatens that country’s NATO accession too. At the time of the Orange Revolution in 2004, the pro-Western alliance consisted of the man who became president, Viktor Yushchenko, and the billionaire businesswoman, Julia Timoshenko. Now these two have quarrelled, the former accusing the latter (who is the current Prime Minister) of “high treason”. Yushchenko has also accused Timoshenko of “political corruption”. Yushchenko said that Timoshenko was “working for the interests of Russia. Timoshenko had sought the support of Moscow for her candidacy in the presidential elections of 2009 or 2010. The Ukrainian government which she controls has not criticised Russia’s intervention in Georgia, for instance, presumably in order to curry favour in Moscow. Yushchenko said that he would instruct his security services to investigate his Prime Minister’s dealings with the Russians. [Süddeutsche Zeitung, 18 August 2008]

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