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UKRAINE AND THE U.S.: THE DEVIOUS PLANS OF TWO P’S
Author: Arina Tsukanova
(By Arina Tsukanova. Strategic Culture Foundation Online Journal, Jan. 14, 2017, http://www.strategic-culture.org/ news/2017/01/14/ukraine-and-us-devious-plans-two-ps.html. Complete text:) Ukraine is currently in limbo: It has lost the guidance of its American mentors (due to [Democratic candidate] Hillary Clinton’s failure in the US presidential election), Europe is busy with its own problems, and the past year has not brought Kiev any closer to its dream of a visa-free regime. The European Union association agreement [signed in June 2014; see Current Digest, Vol. 66, No. 27, p. 14 - Trans.], for the sake of which the [2013 - 2014] uprising in Ukraine began, has, firstly, not yielded the desired dividends; and, secondly, because of the referendum in the Netherlands [against Ukraine’s EU membership; see Current Digest, Vol. 68, No. 26, pp. 7 - 9 - Trans.], has become cluttered with conditions that have made the European perspective on Ukraine illusory. A military conflict in the Donetsk Basin has not been given the go-ahead. At the same time, the Kiev government is under time pressure: It has been three years since the uprising, but the political clans that came to power have nothing to offer
to society, to [Ukraine’s] European partners or to America, except a continuation of the "war with Russia." While this war may have been highly desirable should Clinton have become president, things might be different with [US president-elect Donald] Trump.
Hence the devious plans of the two P’s.
P - Poroshenko.
It recently became known that the administration of Ukrainian president [Pyotr Poroshenko] is paying the BGR Group $50,000 a month to "strengthen US-Ukraine relations and encourage private US businesses to invest in Ukraine." Lobbyists at the BGR Group will be working for Kiev to "design and implement a comprehensive government affairs and business development strategy" that will also focus on organizing meetings with US officials. The Ukrainian government ...