The election of Ukraine as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of two years – 2016-2017 – was presented by the President of Ukraine as a significant political breakthrough. Having no doubts about the importance of this event, there are some elements of the election campaign that raised serious questions towards the transparency in the MFA of Ukraine.
The nature of ongoing conflict around Syria has been dramatically changed after the Russian air forces started its operation against Islamic state and Syrian opposition military forces which are fighting with Bashar Assad’s army. The United States has suspended the implementation of some programs aimed at strengthening Syrian opposition army. Where is the Ukrainian trace in those developments?
В странах Запада термин "trade-in" имеет очень четкий смысл, он означает "обменную сделку". Если, например, у человека имеется старый автомобиль, он может сдать его в компанию, где автомобиль был приобретен, и получить взамен с небольшой доплатой полностью новое авто.
The outcomes of the one-day working visit of the Russian president Vladimir Putin to New-York with a purpose of participating in the 70-th UN General Assemble showed the still weak position of Russia on the international arena. He tried to trade in Ukraine and Crimean crisis for the conflict in Syria, but he obviously failed. His meeting with the US president has also brought no expected results.
Immediately after the Parliamentary elections held in 2014, the new pro-Ukrainian and pro-West political party Samopomich gave a lot of optimism as for the Ukrainian electorate as well as for the USA and the EU countries. The reason was simple: the young Ukrainian politicians promised to implement the long-expected internal reforms without delays. But why Western countries have been disappointed with the behavior of Samopomich which did not support the comprehensive Constitutional reform?
The urgent problems with immigrants from the Middle East and Northern Africa countries appeared on the top political agenda of the European Union. The so-called “immigration challenge” has been widely discussed during the last Assembly of the European Parliament. The outcomes of these debates give the substantial grounds for saying that this new problem also affects Ukraine. How?
The last political and economical trends in the region of the Middle East clearly show that complicated times are come for the Russian Federation. The reason is because China steadily squeezes Moscow from the region. The ambitious project of the Big Silk Road will not include Russia. Instead of that, Ukraine will play one of the biggest roles.
The secret negotiations between Russia and Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands triggered intensive debates in the Russian and Japanese mass-media. We predicted that Tokyo will not compromise its previous positions and remain firm in the issues of Kuril Islands. The Crimean problem will not be traded in. Putin should not have any high expectations that Tokyo will leave the sanctions against Russia.
Moldova is a key country as for the neighboring Ukraine as well as for Romania which has long historical ties with Kishinev. But Russia, even despite the absence of the common borders with Moldova, also considers this country as an instrument for making geopolitical troubles for the whole East Europe region in general, and for the EU in particular.
The relief of the international sanctions imposed on Iran, will affect in the mid-term the world oil and gas markets. As a result, the Russian old-style and non-modernized economy will suffer a lot and Putin’s regime will be ruined. At the same time, the European energy market and Ukraine are going to receive some concrete benefits.