News Summaries

Donald Trump seeks a grand bargain with Vladimir Putin

ACEU Staff

Barack Obama attempted to “reset” relations with Russia, but by the end of his term in office Russia had annexed Crimea, stirred up conflict elsewhere in Ukraine and filled the power vacuum that Mr Obama had left in Syria. Donald Trump appears to want to go much further and forge an entirely new strategic alignment with Russia.

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published 13 February 2017: News Summaries

National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials

ACEU Staff

National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

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published 13 February 2017: News Summaries

Why are Ukraine’s borders not secure?

ACEU Staff

Most importantly, Ukraine has moved closer to western values and the western way of life. For the first time in 25 years, western-educated professionals are in government. While not yet at critical mass, such reformers along with civil society are key drivers of Ukraine’s transformation.

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published 13 February 2017: News Summaries

The EU Is Thinking About Pre-Trump Sanctions on Russia

ACEU Staff

With the penalties due to expire on Jan. 31, EU governments are likely to prolong the measures for another six months because the main condition set for lifting them — full respect of a pact aimed at ending the Ukrainian war — has yet to be met.

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published 29 November 2016: News Summaries

Why Many Young Russians See a Hero in Putin

ACEU Staff

Today 58 percent of Russians would still like to see a return of the Soviet order, and some 40 percent see Stalin favorably. Russians between the ages of 18 and 24 approve of Putin at a higher rate than any other age group: 88 percent. More than any other generation, they are proud of their country and its stature in the world, associate its military prowess with greatness, and believe in its future.Sixty-five percent of Russians between ages 18 and 24 plan their lives no more than a year or two ahead, according to the Levada Center. Most don’t know about news events the state doesn’t want them to know about, and 83 percent say they have not participated in any kind of political or civil society activity.
“It’s better to know and be quiet. It’s better not to speak up.

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published 29 November 2016: News Summaries

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From the Editors

Congressman Brendan Boyle Urges President Obama to Visit Ukraine

The Editors

June 27, 2016
In The News

Congressman Brendan F. Boyle and the Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Sander Levin and Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick led a letter to President Obama urging him to visit Ukraine prior to the end of his term. Fifteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined in on signing the letter in support. This bipartisan effort underscores that a visit by President Obama to Ukraine would highlight and enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as enhance the strong cooperation needed to implement reforms in Ukraine.

“During President Obama’s term, the Ukrainian people have endured tumultuous times from the Maidan Revolution, the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the invasion of Eastern Ukraine,” said Congressman Boyle. “A visit by President Obama would represent an important symbol that the United States continues to stand with the people of Ukraine and lead the international community in support for the peace, security and freedom that they deserve.”

This letter expresses the commitment of the Congress to work with President Obama on continued support for Ukraine.

Carly Frame | Legislative Assistant
118 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Office: 202.225.6111
U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-13)

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published 28 June 2016: News Summaries

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Guest Articles

IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS

Guest Contributor

By Kirk Bennett

About two months after the Revolution of Dignity drove President Yanukovych out of office in February 2014, I received an e-mail from a fairly apolitical acquaintance in Kyiv. She assured me that, revolution notwithstanding, basically nothing had changed and the country was still being run by a bunch of crooks and scoundrels. I thought at the time that she was just being an understandably cynical Ukrainian, embittered by years of dashed hopes and expecting too much too soon in terms of reform or improvements in living conditions. It turned out she was being exceptionally perceptive, or possibly prescient.

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published 13 May 2016: News Summaries

Timothy Ash: UKRAINE ENTERING ‘SERIOUS POLITICAL CRISIS’: SPEAKER HROISMAN

Guest Contributor

One tip for politicians in places of power – don’t mention the “C” word when u are facing a tricky economic situation.

It reminds me of President Sezer in Turkey in 2001 when he famously (reportedly, but maybe urban legend) threw a copy of the constitution at then PM Ecevit and said “we have a crisis”. Within days the market had taken him at his word, and the crawling peg exchange rate regime had collapsed and the rest is history.

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published 4 February 2016: Economics, EU, Reform

Moscow’s Battle against Time

Guest Contributor

By Mykola Kapitonenko

Among many other things Russia is trying to achieve in Ukraine, it is desperately struggling to turn back time. Preferably to the good old days when supplies of natural gas to its neighbors energy inefficient economies were successfully converted into political control, or – even better – when military dominance secured regional hegemony.

Kremlin’s ultimate goal is restoring a part of its former greatness. Two years ago Russia was firmly seated among the regional powers. It ranked in the top ten of world economies, enjoyed rocketing prices for natural gas and oil – country’s main commodities, and had become the economic center of gravity for large part of its immediate neighborhood. Powerful Russian lobbies operated in former Soviet republics and took advantage of systemic corruption there. Extra revenues from exporting energy resources enabled Russian leadership to buy influence in those countries, to carry out large-scale military modernization and pump up its military budget, and even to launch projects of regional integration, such as Eurasian Economic Union, tailored to further cement Kremlin’s control over post-Soviet space.

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published 8 December 2015: Democracy, Economics, Energy, Europe, Reform, Russia

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