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Why the EU won’t annex Ukraine

24.03.2014 10:20

The new Ukraine of “Yats,” Tyahnybok and Yarosh, in a rush, signed the political points of an association agreement with the EU in a Brussels summit last Friday.

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Nina 03.05.2014 13:46

Look at those stupid faces. And look at the British Prime Minister - he is all so important, he approves.

 

Regula 03.05.2014 12:43

Alex 27.04.2014 20:54

Mr. Escobar seems to be forgetting that it was Russia who pressured Ukraine to kill the deal. Russia claimed it's markets would be flooded with EU goods, and Russia wanted Ukraine to be part of the Eurasian Union. So Russia offered economic aid and threatened to cut off gas - carrot and stick method.

  


That isn't the way it was. Russia made clear that it would have to close borders and reinstate tariffs to protect its own industries from getting flooded with tariff free EU goods which they import with tariffs. It would have ended Ukraine's industry/exports to Russia.

 

Gabriel Acobian 28.04.2014 05:06

The fate of an entire nation is decided by a few puppets installed by America in the guise of supporting democracy. It is perfectly understandable why the rest of Ukrainians reject this regime change. Russia should not allow it come what may.

 

Alex 27.04.2014 20:57

Tom 20.04.2014 03:57


After the failed attempt by the West to remove Russian interests (military base) in Syria failed, & in an effort to destablize Russian military influence. Their next choice was / is the Russian base in Crimea.

  



That might have factored into the US's policy and rhetoric, but I doubt that's primarily the cause. The US was much more worried about China than Russia - I doubt that it was that much of a priority to deny Russia bases near the Mediterranean.

 

Alex 27.04.2014 20:54

"Yanukovich scotched the EU deal for two essential reasons: it would destroy Ukrainian industry (opening the door to an invasion of Western products and the takeover of rich agricultural lands by Western agro-business); and it would force Ukraine to obey NATO military protocols."

Mr. Escobar seems to be forgetting that it was Russia who pressured Ukraine to kill the deal. Russia claimed it's markets would be flooded with EU goods, and Russia wanted Ukraine to be part of the Eurasian Union. So Russia offered economic aid and threatened to cut off gas - carrot and stick method.

 

Tom 20.04.2014 05:06

I would be almost funny if it was not so serious for the civilians (people) of Ukraine.

Th e EU as correctly stated by Mr Escobar, is made up of the unelected. Decisions are made by the unelected that directly affect the peoples of Europe, Yet no matter which way you look at the EU, the peoples of Europe have no say, stake or vote in such decisions.

Beyond doubt, the people of Europe will pay financially for what ever decisions taken by the US & EU, regarding Ukraine. The EU like the US is financially destroyed and yet both via the IMF are willing to destroy another nation & rape it of it's few remaining treasures.

 

Tom 20.04.2014 03:57

Another excellent piece by Mr Escobar !

However, what has been missed is the ACTUAL reason for the whole Ukraine debacle.
After the failed attempt by the West to remove Russian interests (military base) in Syria failed, & in an effort to destablize Russian military influence. Their next choice was / is the Russian base in Crimea. However, hawks like McCain and Nuland failed to understand the passion & loyalty of the Eastern Ukrainian people towards Russia & Equally, the history of Crimea and it's connection to Russia & more important, the Russian peoples connection to the people of the East & indeed Crimea.

 

Pepe 01.04.2014 13:11

Only financial collapse and end of NATO will lead to true peace in Europe.
Ukraine is failed state and it is too big and expensive to fix, so things will only get worse for Ukranian people. Eventually country will split, that is more than obvious.

 

Suyanto Ng 01.04.2014 12:03

Putin should put EU, NATO, and US foreign policy as NO. 1 THREAT to it's national security and interest and to the multipolar world. Russia and maybe together with China should develop intelligence operation together to counter problem like what happen in Syria and Ukraine now.

 

Willy Dakota 30.03.2014 01:52

And they think their wee plot in Ukraine with Arsey will prevent Russia from interfering in their plan to bomb Syria Ha !.All it did was gift Russia with Crimea !.Russia out foxed them again.Obama & that nancy boy Cameron do "Talk" a lot,talk talk talk talk talk ,Russia's put the frightners up them !.Now they up against the "Real Deal".

 

Foreign Agent 29.03.2014 18:27

Why not ? To get Ukraine on European level will cost a least one trillion eur, with all the collapsed industrial sites, broken roads, old flat blocks and environmental pollution. And secondly it is no good idea to have Chernobyl area inside the EU border, every so many years this radiating Nuclear plant needs another Sarcofagus, and in 300 years it will look like the biggest Matryoshka ever.

 

General Wrath 28.03.2014 23:56

Keith Bosthen 24.03.2014 18:24

I dont get it. Ukraine wanted to be free, so they left as USSR collapsed. Now they are hungry for more USSR in this time its NATO. How exactly NATO differs from USSR? Same kind of union, same ideology, same principles. If Ukraine wanted to be ''independent'' They would've staid as Ukraine.

  

Sorry you think 2 completely different things are the same, maybe you eat a cheeseburger when you want an orange.

 

General Wrath 28.03.2014 23:54

Martin 24.03.2014 23:05

Nothing but lies, half-truths and propaganda.

  


Welcome to Russia

 

General Wrath 28.03.2014 23:53

Erik Trete 25.03.2014 09:59



So Lilly, when will the US return Guantanamo bay to Cuba, they have been asking that since the US invaded and annexed it after the Spanish America war. And then there are the questions of Texas and California taken from Mexico at gunpoint.

  


So rry to burst your ignorant anti-American bubble but this argument goes for every single country ever, especially Russia which has always readily mass murdered its own citizens while the ignorant crowds continue to clap and praise the leaders.

 

South African Guy 28.03.2014 22:43

[quote name='Pepe Escobar']Moscow does not have to “annex” or “invade” anything; it just needs to sit back, relax and watch the West manage its self-created mess.[/quote]

Well said sire

 

South African Guy 28.03.2014 22:13

QUOTE:
That Magritte-style non-entity, Van Rompuy, said it “recognizes the aspirations of the people of Ukraine to live in a country governed by values, by democracy and the rule of law.” Hold your (Mongol) horses ...

Can you believe that bank clerk's nerve??

 

South African Guy 28.03.2014 22:08

QUOTE:
No less than 30 (unelected) EU bureaucrats also signed the Association Agreement, including European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission (EC) President Jose Manuel Barroso.

It 's an outrage and the people of the world will put a stop to this ...

 

Erik Trete 25.03.2014 09:59

Lilly OfTheValley 24.03.2014 11:05

Why the EU won't annex Ukraine? Because annexing other countries is so last millenium. Unless, of course, you are Russia.

  


So Lilly, when will the US return Guantanamo bay to Cuba, they have been asking that since the US invaded and annexed it after the Spanish America war. And then there are the questions of Texas and California taken from Mexico at gunpoint.

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