Sochi not far away from Ukraine

On the occasion of the opening of the Special Olympics European Games in Warsaw, Belgian athletes carried the "Olympic Flame" and stopped by different symbolic places in Brussels. The course ended at the EP, where Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Seán Kelly, Member of the EP, welcomed a delegation of athletes.(EC Audiovisual Services,  14/09/2010).

On the occasion of the opening of the Special Olympics European Games in Warsaw, Belgian athletes carried the “Olympic Flame” and stopped by different symbolic places in Brussels. The course ended at the EP, where Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Seán Kelly, Member of the EP, welcomed a delegation of athletes.(EC Audiovisual Services, 14/09/2010).

On the day the Russian organizers of the $51 billion Winter Olympic Games staged the opening ceremony in Sochi, the European Union found the opportunity to talk to Moscow about pigs, European pigs. Yesterday, Friday 7 February, Health Commissioner Tonio Borg called once more on the Russian Federation to “engage in constructive talks on the issue of the Russian ban on EU pig exports”.

Of course, the European Union couldn’t ignore altogether the opening of the Winter Olympic Games, in the Russian southern city of Sochi, where palm trees can be seen in pictures together with mountain slops covered with artificially produced snow. To this effect, Commissioner Androula Vassiliou responsible for sport issued a seven lines Press Release, to “wish the best of luck to all the competitors, and in particular of course, to all my fellow Europeans”.

No Brussels dignitaries attended the opening ceremony. Vassiliou, the sports Commissioner, issued the above mentioned Press release from her Brussels office. The western leaders were conspicuous with their absence. No Barack Obama, no David Cameron and no Angela Merkel or Francois Hollande came to this hideously expensive Russian fiesta. Ukraine is a very large country to ignore as it lies between the European Union and Russia.

Moscow tests Kiev

As the European Sting writer Suzan A. Kane concluded on 24 January “Yanukovych, the Ukrainian President, is not backing from his position to align his country in a Moscow led economic union, instead of signing an Association Agreement with the EU as the protesters demand for six weeks now. Ukraine was negotiating with the EU this far-reaching Association Agreement for two years, but in the last-minute Yanukovych turned to Moscow and embraced a Eurasia Union, created by the Russian President Vladimir Putin two years ago. From that moment Ukraine is stuck in a risky path, with thousands of protestors gathering every day in the center of capital Kiev”.

Instead, the European Union leaders welcomed in Brussels Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ukrainian singer, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 and Leader of the “EuroMaidan” protest movement. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, participated in the 495th plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) with Henri Malosse, President of the EESC. The two presidents and Lyzhychko debated the state of civil society in Ukraine and its expectations vis-à-vis the European Union. Naturally, the conclusion was that the civil society in this country is invariably turned west, looking forward to an alignment with the European Union.

Washington interferes

As expected, the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych went to Sochi and of course met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The main issue during that meeting must have been the $15 billion the Russians have promised to Yanukovych but have now withheld the next tranche. The problem is that the Ukrainian President was forced by the protests to make important concessions to the opposition, by offering its leaders the position of Prime Minister. Moscow didn’t like at all this retreat by Yanukovych and withheld the payments from this multi dollar billion agreement. Some weeks ago the Russian state gas monopoly, Gasprom, offered a 35% price reduction on the fuel sold to Ukraine and together with this $15bn, the package was supposed to rescue Ukraine from an imminent bankruptcy.

Nothing came out from the Sochi meeting between the two Presidents and neither side felt inclined to make any comment. Understandably, if there was a positive turn for the Russian side, Putin would have celebrated. As things stand now, Ukraine is still in balance and Europe insists that its offer for an Association Agreement is always on the table. Unfortunately, for Europe, Washington now interferes in force, opting for a joint EU-US offer to Yanukovych with unpredictable results.

 

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Who is responsible for public health? The tendencies and its benefits –or not– on Health Education around the world

Britain and Germany change attitude towards the European Union

The untold story of who caused and who pays for the economic crisis

Minority governments ‘à la mode’ in Europe but can they last long?

“Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” Finally a name and a number to answer Henry Kissinger’s question

EU Parliament raises burning issues over the FTA with the US

Fair completion rules and the law of gravity don’t apply to banks

Deutsche Bank: the next financial crisis is here and the lenders need €150 billion from taxpayers

The European Commission to stop Buffering

MEPs and European Youth Forum call on EU to Invest in Youth

Will ECB win against low inflation by not following Quantitave Easing?

EU responds to terror fallout by eroding borderless Europe and molesting the refugees

EU Parliament and Council: Close to agreement on the bank resolution mechanism

EU finally agrees on target for 40% greenhouse emission cuts ahead of Paris climate talks

Making money from meeting the SDGs? An overarching approach to sustainable development.

EU’s Mogherini visits Turkey “to step up engagement” and highlight interests

Diana in Vietnam

MWC 2016 LIVE: Xiaomi looks to revive growth with flagships

Italy can stand the US rating agencies’ meaningless degrading

“China is the only BRICS country to have either met or possibly slightly surpassed my expectations”, BRICS inventor Jim O’ Neil from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

Resisting EU budget cuts

EU Trust Fund for Africa: Can it be beneficial for Italy and tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean?

The Brits are not an exception and that’s why they voted to leave

Is the European Banking Union an impossible task?

Trump to run America to the tune of his business affairs

Council’s position on Visa Directive a step back for young people’s mobility

Civil society organisations disenchanted with “Youth Guarantee”

The financial sector cripples Eurozone growth prospects

Zhua Zhou: Choosing The Future

Is Eurozone preparing to abandon austerity and stagnation?

EU Parliament semi worried over democratic deficit

Banks cannot die but can be fined

Competing with Apple and leading innovation: Google’s world replies to EU on android charges

Does the EU want GMOs and meat with hormones from the US?

EU security and defence industry prepares positions for ‘producers’ and ‘customers’

EU Council: Private web data to be protected by…abusers

My unlimited China

Towards a seamless internal EU market for industrial goods

Is it impossible to place the banks under control?

Who cares more about taxpayers? The US by being harsh on major banks or the EU still caressing them?

Schaeuble wants IMF out and bailouts ‘a la carte’ with Germany only to gain

The strong version of the EU banking union gains momentum

Economic sentiment and business climate stagnate in miserable euro area

Who and why want the EU-US trade agreement here and now

Draghi reserved about Eurozone’s growth prospects

“At the Environment Assembly citizens expect clean, not hot air”, the Head of UN Environment in Europe underscores in a Sting Exclusive

Q&A on the 19th China-EU Summit to be held on 01-02 June 2017 in Brussels

Doctors vs. Industry 4.0: who will win?

EU’s unsparing question to UK: now what kind of future relations do you want?

A Sting Exclusive: “Europe must be more ambitious in COP21 and lead on climate finance and sustainable development”, Green UK MEP Jean Lambert points out from Brussels

The consequences of Brexit seen by a European young entrepreneur

EU readies for eventual annulment of the Turkish agreement on immigrants-refugees

Learn from the margin, not the center: digital innovation with social impact as transformative force bridging digital divide

Tiny Iceland teaches the West how to treat bankers

What is the IMF telling Eurozone about fiscal and banking unification?

A long German political winter is on the way

Youth and children in Europe set the new perspectives for the decades to come

EU-US to miss 2015 deadline and even lose Germany’s support in TTIP’s darkest week yet

Preparing for developing countries the ‘Greek cure’

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities

More Stings?

Comments

  1. Having read this I thought it was very enlightening.
    I appreciate you spending some time and energy to
    put this informative article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount
    of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s