EN|RU|UK
 Ukrainian Politics
  29540

 Putin to Yanukovych: Think Carefully or You Might End Up Like Tymoshenko.

Moscow is offering salvation in exchange for the Customs Union. Vladimir Putin during his meeting with Viktor Yanukovych suggested that the current Ukrainian president, refusing to join the Customs Union, may lose the upcoming presidential election and be imprisoned as Yulia Tymoshenko.

Zerkalo Nedeli reports that recently Vladimir Vladimirovich in communication with his Ukrainian counterpart prefers methods and skills mastered in his original profession. Putin skillfully exploits fears of Yanukovych and rumour has it that allegedly saying goodbye in Sochi Putin uttered something like, "Think carefully. Or you might end up where she is now."

Yanukovych is afraid. Seriously afraid. And not only for the presidency but also for his own life. Notice how the protection of the head of state has grown? They view various scenarios. Including popular unrest, loss of control of the situation in the country. And the catalyst may not be selective justice but simple hunger. I think they told the President who was Ceausescu and how he ended up. And Putin has perhaps promised asylum - whether in Moscow or in the Altai Mountains, writes the newspaper.

Only personal fears and greed of Yanukovych, sad to say it, can serve as a fuse to the absorption of Ukraine by Russia's new project, clarifies the publication.

"Joining the Customs Union is a guaranteed loss of economic domination in the country (and what did we fight for?). Yanukovych knows Russian habits well, and he knows that even a small prey stimulates shark appetites. In his time as a governor, he did not let the Russian business in Donbas. Today, the stakes are higher ... From being a rightful owner of the country, he can instantly become a manager of a subsidiary: from the whole body of real power he will retain only a legal entity. He will not need to make excuses for the West but will have to cower and bow to the Kremlin," ZN lists the concerns of the Ukrainian leader.

And, what's important is that Yanukovych does not trust Putin's promises.

Yanukovych does not believes Russians. He does not believe Putin, he has no psychological compatibility with him, and, according to some, he's just afraid of him. And Putin despises him ... Why would Russia need Yanukovych after he led Ukraine into the Russian stall? What would be his value? His mind? Tractability? Beauty? How can Moscow guarantee re-election for a second term to Yanukovych? In 2004 it had already failed once, concludes the author.


 
 
 
 up