UPDATE 2-Ukraine faces hard road to economic recovery with Moscow pushing back

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kafantaris wrote:

The massing of Russian troops near the border — even their camouflaging and logistics — are scare tactics.
“So disrupting the Ukrainian transition in political and economic terms is probably Russia’s primary foreign policy goal in the foreseeable future,” as
Nicu Popescu says.

Mar 28, 2014 7:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ThaiPie wrote:

Another instance of a major power putting the squeeze on oil prices like we saw during the mideast conflicts in the US. Maybe an abundant alternative energy will solve a lot of the world’s bickering. Also, give the money back to the people in the form of Bitcoin/crypto-currencies.

Mar 28, 2014 10:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Josef.K wrote:

“The point of the FTA is not to make it possible for Ukraine to export Soviet-era tractors to Europe. That’s not going to happen. But it could eventually lead to Ukraine becoming a producer of Peugeots, Volkswagens, fridges or Nokia telephones,” the EUISS’s Popescu said.

Just a minor inaccuracy in the nice vision for the Ukrainian people that “could eventually” happen: the phones will not be Nokia phones anymore after the sale to Microsoft goes through.

Not that it really matters.

Mar 28, 2014 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse

This article is very poorly written. Crimea has absolutely nothing to do with the gas prices going up. This is Ukraine’s own doing. The 80% increase just puts Russian oil at the normal price for Russian oil. Subsidizing it was part of the Russian deal that the new Ukranian administration rejected. This isn’t some Russian retaliation or Russian ploy. It’s the Ukrainian government rejecting cheap gas along with Putin’s influence.

Mar 28, 2014 12:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnPombrio wrote:

Not such a great idea. Ukraine has the ability to turn off all roads, railroads, gas, oil, electricity, and water to Crimea. The only way Russia will be able to support Crimea is by aircraft and the sea.

Mar 28, 2014 4:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

Here’s what Ukraine needs to do:
1. Request the nukes from the USA and Britain due to the fact that Russia did not fulfill its obligations stated in the 1994 Memorandum on Security Assurances: “2. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.”
(http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ukraine._Memorandum_on_Security_Assurances)
2. Nationalize all Russian property situated in Ukraine, including gas pipelines to Europe.
3. Begin its accession to NATO.

Mar 28, 2014 12:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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