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Saturday, 24 January 2009

Ukrainian President Yushchenko May Attack the Gas Agreement with Russia


Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Timoshenko (1960- )

On Friday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko failed to hold a meeting of the National Defence and Security Council, a meeting that was due to have focused on the agreement Prime Minister Yuliya Timoshenko signed concerning gas deliveries from Russia. Mr Yushchenko is known to have levelled scathing criticism at the contracts that the Ukraine signed with Russia. Mr Yushchenko claims the contracts are not in the best interests of the Ukraine.

But, then, he wasn’t expected to comment on Prime Minister Timoshenko’s moves in any other way, commented Ukrainian political analyst Mikhail Pogrebinsky. He went on to say, “President Yushchenko sees Ms Timoshenko as his chief political opponent. So, even if she had reached agreement on free gas supplies from Russia to the Ukraine, he would have still found fault with it, all the same. He would have insisted that free gas implied the betrayal of national interests on some other point. So, during the forthcoming meeting of the National Defence and Security Council, President Yushchenko is expected to criticise the agreement. Indeed, Ukrainian and Russian experts describe the fact that this year’s average price for Russian gas for the Ukraine is less than 250 dollars as some kind of miracle. But, it’s not customary in the Ukraine to show pleasure in successful moves by one’s political opponent, given that the country is going through an overwrought political situation”.

Quite an artillery preparation is being laid on in the run-up to the meeting of the National Defence and Security Council, with the President’s faction claiming that Ms Timoshenko actually betrayed the national interests of the Ukraine. She is asked questions that actually look more like accusations, but, these charges lack a basis in fact. One such question is, “Is it true that Gazprom’s Ukrainian subsidiary received 25 percent of the Ukraine’s gas market, as well as Prime Minister Timoshenko’s authorisation to supply gas only to the companies with Russian capital, moreover, at lower prices than to other Ukrainian consumers? Is this not a factor in promoting Russian political interests?” Mr Yushchenko’s supporters claim that all of this is allegedly set down in secret agreements between Ms Timoshenko and the Kremlin.

There is another question posed by the Prime Minister’s critics that is nothing but an attempt to confuse the issue. “Is it true that an agreement was reached in Moscow on coordination of action in launching a large-scale attack on President Yushchenko?” The counter-question that immediately comes to mind is, “Why should they do that? In order to drop Mr Yushchenko’s popularity rating from 2 percent down to 1 percent?” Well… truly… no politician with that kind of approval rating is worth the risks of a large-scale political attack.

All signs indicate that a meeting of the Ukrainian National Defence and Security Council fell through because President Yushchenko failed to muster sufficient support for his unfounded accusations of Prime Minister Timoshenko. Meanwhile, the current political strife in the Ukraine may further damage European energy security. Indeed, if the Ukrainian Security Council vetoes the gas agreements with Russia, Europe will again fall victim to a Ukrainian gas blockade.

24 January 2009

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

Yushchenko’s goose is truly and definitively cooked to a crisp. No matter which way he turns, it is to the benefit of Yuliya Timoshenko, the foremost land-shark in world politics today (and she beats the competition handily… no, Hillary is not in her league… not ruthless enough). If he goes along with the agreement, Yuliya gets the credit; for, after all, she negotiated it. If he opposes the agreement, Yuliya gets the credit for putting down a rabid dog. If he does nothing, Yuliya still gets the credit, for she has been plastered all over the media, and everyone knows that she pulled the family jewels out of the fire.

In short, Yuliya gets all the goodies. “She stuck in her thumb, and pulled out a plum, saying, ‘Oh, what a good girl am I'”. Yushchenko gets the cardboard box… no, he doesn’t even get that, which is sorry enough. Everybody knows that he is a “dead man walking”, and all the bets are on how long it shall take for Yuliya to take him down. Yushchenko has lost his American sugar daddy, George W. Bush, and the Obama administration has suspended most of the agreements that Bush penned with the countries of the Near Abroad. One must feel sorry for this pathetic character. He truly believes that he can pull it off. If there is a better illustration of the Führerbunker mentality, I don’t know it. Let his political end come quickly, to spare everyone prolonged pain and grief…



Жанна Бичевская. Святым Царственным мученикам. Zhanna Bichevskaya. The Holy Royal Martyrs.

The inimitable Zhanna Bichevskaya sings about the Holy Royal Martyrs. Recently, the Golden Eagles (the Russian equivalent of the Oscars) were handed out, and one of the winners was Konstantin Khabensky, who received the Best Actor Award for his starring role in Admiral, a film on the life of Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak, one of the White leaders in the Civil War. Russians are re-evaluating the history of the Civil War, and they are coming up with conclusions radically different to those held by the lock-step ranks of Western academe.

Today, Russians honour the memory of the Whites and revere the Royal Martyrs, as well they should. In contrast, Western pseudo-intellectuals mindlessly spout Bolshevik propaganda (as is shown by the way they worship the Spanish Red Republicans in their treatment of the Spanish Civil War, as well) and try to pass this twaddle on to their students. Thank God, the students simply spout back to the profs what they wish to hear, and concentrate on the serious business of passing exams, partying, and forming contacts for their future lives.

I would remind Russian Orthodox people in America that one of our seminaries is not part of the leftist academic La Brea Tar Pit and one is in the Tar Pit up to its neck. In short, support St Tikhon’s in South Canaan PA to the best of your ability and simply let St Vlad’s rot on the vine (don’t waste your breath attacking them, they shan’t listen… they attend to the voice of their Episcopalian friends at General Theological, not other Orthodox Christians, I am afraid).

Revere the Holy Martyrs by your actions. Let’s see, St Tikhon’s was founded with the encouragement of Tsar St Nikolai, St Vlad’s was founded (in essence, in its present form) by the pseudo-intellectual windbag Schmemann. Let your money do the talking…

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