Interestingly, the foundation to fail yet another trip to Moscow was laid by Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov. "The very fact of the trip would mean that we are closer to reaching practical agreements," Zurabov said. "This visit will be the organized with a view to conclude this agreement not only by a handshake but by signing of documents. I mean an agreement, including the energy sector. This trip (Yanukovych's trip to Moscow) on the 18th will be held only in the event that we have something to agree on anything."
Note that it was not a Putin's statement made in a conversation one on one but a statement of the neighbor's ambassador made public. This is in regard to Russia's respect. The way things are going Yanukovych will soon be presented ultimatums by the Kremlin's janitors. For example that the meeting will take place only if he takes a pair of shoes to change. And this is where it's heading.
Clearly, Yanukovych's cloudy formula of 3 +1 is not to Moscow's liking, as his periodic visits for nothing. And they decided to show dear Viktor Yanukovych his real place. Candy-and-flower period of this relationship came to an end and the northern neighbor insists on taking things to the next level. Either we sign or say goodbye.
Assistant to President Vladimir Putin, Yuriy Ushakov said that they have not managed to agree the documents for signing to the visit of Yanukovych. He did not name any specific dates for the visit of the Ukrainian President to Moscow. In general, the version about the allegedly unprepared documents is hardly plausible. It raises doubts as to the competence and professionalism of the Foreign Ministry, the Presidential Administration, including the Russian one. It cannot be ruled out but it's hard to believe that a potentially important meeting could be disrupted because of the bungling of small officials.
The opposition welcomed the news of postponing the Moscow meeting with optimism. Svoboda deputy Andrii Illenko claimed that the reason for it is the statement of their party about possible protests in case of signing the agreement with the Customs Union. Batkivschyna representative Andrii Pavlovskyy named two possible reasons for failure of the visit. "As you know, in the relations with Russia have always been stinking of gas. It is possible that they did not agree on something. But there is another option. Previously, before signing international documents the examination of the issue at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers is required. And ministers vote for the adoption of a decision. As it is known, there are three procedural parts in signing of such documents - recommendations of the Cabinet and initialing, and the final step - a mandatory ratification in the parliament. If that does not take place then those officials who violated this order of signing international agreements will be prosecuted. In particular for the abuse of authority, according to Article 365," said Pavlovskyy .
The shortest comment was given by ex-Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko: "Why was the visit canceled - I think it's better to ask Vladimir Putin."
Any way you look, the situation for Yanukovych is not looking good. Theoretically successful in terms of image visit to Moscow has failed. Moscow rather strictly let it be known that it no longer intends to hold empty talks with Yanukovych. Given the geopolitical indecisiveness of the Ukrainian President it is a rather nasty blow. It is much easier to want an association agreement with the EU and cooperation with the Customs Union at the same time than to make a specific decision. And balancing between the two shores is humiliating as it is: you can stumble upon inevitable and unpleasant association. Naturally, not with the EU.