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Ukraine may well be the geopolitical prize nobody can afford to win.
"The real question now is how much of the burden of dealing with Ukraine is going to be European and how much the Europeans are going to be able to slough off onto the American taxpayer," said Wayne Merry, a scholar at the American Foreign Policy Council. Right now, he said, Ukraine is fairly low on Washington's list of priorities amid bigger problems in Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Ukraine's acting finance minister, Yuri Kobolov, says the country needs $35 billion to cover this year and next. He is looking to Europe or the United States for help, hopefully within the next two weeks.
(vbo: two weeks, hahahaha, what an optimist) ...Jonathan Adelman, professor of international relations at the University of Denver, said he sees little chance of the Washington coming through at a time of budgetary difficulties, highlighted this week when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed to shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest size since the 1940s.

"There's going to be no enthusiasm here for the tens of billions of dollars it would take to bail Ukraine out," Adelman said.
...EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Tuesday that the EU and its member nations are ready to help bridge Ukraine's short-term financing needs until a new government can negotiate a full-fledged assistance package with the International Monetary Fund. She said it was important that Russia also help out.
(vbo: as I said Ashton is my girl ...I can't decide if she is stupid or just and ugly arrogant bitch...Russians to help? Helloouu...or they simply think that Russians are stupid...?)
... "An approach providing Ukraine with breathing room and time is more likely to create a favorable environment for a positive outcome from Ukraine's next stage. Such a policy would serve the interests of Russia, the EU and the United States."
(vbo: if it is not too late already it soon will be too late for positive outcome...at least for Ukrainians)

Merry said the Europeans may not have understood what they had unleashed by courting Ukraine.

"A lot of people in a lot of those capitals really --Berlin and Paris to name two -- think that the European Union got too far out in front of itself, didn't think through what it was doing, got involved in what was a zero-sum position with Russia," Merry said.



Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 06:01:57 AM EST
I'd just like to note that if any male on ET called anyone an "ugly and arrogant bitch" there would be an immediate uproar. I find the term very offensive.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 06:10:28 AM EST
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OK. Then just arrogant bitch ;)
All tho you must admit that she is ugly...
And yes males are not allowed to make comments like this about woman :(
And maybe civilized Europeans would not choose those words but I can be excused because I am a Serb ( and we are savages :(
Well you can expect Ozzies too to be a bit rood and bear in mind that I spent more then 20 years here, haha

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 06:30:52 AM EST
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No, "bitch" is not OK either. And I don't want to know if you think she's ugly.

Should we make allowances about your anti-woman language because you're a woman? I don't think so.

Maybe I should let you off the hook about the word "bitch" ... not because you are a Serb, but because you are an Aussie. Perhaps it's not considered impolite over there eh?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 06:41:09 AM EST
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The always intelligent "markets" think differently:
Emerging stocks fell on Monday as Chinese shares posted their biggest loss in seven weeks on worries about the property market, while Ukraine's debt insurance costs dropped sharply on expectations of western aid.
Anyone know what are the key dates when Ukraine needs the money?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 06:14:29 AM EST
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