June 07, 2014 17:45
Poroshenko's categorical position on federalization, Russian language leads to deadlock - Russian analyst
MOSCOW. June 7 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has assumed a position leading to a deadlock by rejecting Ukraine's federalization and official status for the Russian language in his inaugural speech, which shows his inability to settle the conflict and signals that he might lose presidency in a foreseeable future, says Yevgeny Minchenko, the general director of the International Institute for Political Expertise (IIPE).
"The position assumed by Mr. Poroshenko leads to a deadlock. Categorically insisting on Ukraine's unitary arrangement, refusing to grant official status to the Russian language, and dismissing any concessions to the southeast, Poroshenko has a very narrow corridor of options - in fact he virtually has none. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that he will serve the entire presidential term," Minchenko told Interfax on Saturday.
"Poroshenko's strategic mistake is that he has not calculated all possible political risks because of the position he has assumed," Minchenko said. "The main mistake by Poroshenko and a group of oligarchs, who have made him president, is that they saw the Ukrainian revolution as Euro-Maidan, which was actually organized by oligarchic circles to moderate [former President Viktor] Yanukovych's appetites, and they didn't plan initially to overthrow him but wanted to intimidate him so that he should strip them of their tidbits," he said.
The political situation in which Poroshenko has found himself after taking presidential office seems to be rolling down toward the escalation of the internal conflict, involving all regions of Ukraine, he said.
"In fact, all that is happening is the same revolution in which both the west and the southeast of Ukraine are involved. Bearing in mind the country's extremely difficult economic situation, the population's exasperation, and the amount of weapons that the people have in their hands, the revolution will inevitably continue in the west, in the center, and in the southeast. What we are witnessing today is not the ending of the revolutionary events but their beginning," Minchenko said.
(Our editorial staff can be reached at email@example.com)
May 22, 2015
Russia has no plans to legalize polygamy - Mizulina
Kyiv blames Moscow for Czech parliament's failure to ratify Ukraine-EU association deal
RYABKOV: AGREEMENT ON IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF CERTAINTY, WE ARE NOT EXPECTING NEGOTIATIONS TO BE EXTENDED FOR LONG
Econ Ministry ready to agree to state guarantees for GAZ, when company agrees with creditors
Commission probing Progress accident to present its conclusions later - Roscosmos
Ukraine Contact Group, its political sub-group to meet in Minsk on Friday - Belarusian Foreign Ministry
CENTRAL BANK OF RUSSIA RUBLE EXCHANGE RATES FROM 23.05.2015
CB to quote ruble at 49.7901 rubles/$1 and 55.5508 rubles/EUR1 on May 23
Rostelecom to carry out book-building for 5 bln rubles in bonds on May 25
Luhansk comes under fire for first time since introduction of ceasefire regime - LPR People's Police
Russian Foreign Ministry vows response to Canada's 'unfriendly actions'
Moos lowers stake in VTB
VTB 24 supervisory board agrees on new five-year contract with CEO Zadornov