In his interview today with The Independent, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tried to talk up the possibility of peace with Russia, a dramatic shift for a politician whose whole term in office has been built around talking up the idea of a full-scale war with Russia.
The bigger news, however, is that Poroshenko is facing growing pressure to oust current premier Arseny Yatsenyuk and install former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in his place. A petition is ongoing which shows growing support for the Georgian as a “reformer.”
Ukraine’s struggles with corruption are only growing, and since being installed as Odessa’s governor Saakashvili has been very outspoken in his opposition to “oligarchs” who the government are blaming for the corruption. Poroshenko insisted Saakashvili has his support on the matter.
But when asked pointedly about Saakashvili becoming the new premier, Poroshenko was a bit more coy, saying he believes Saakashvili would make a “great prime minister of Georgia” but not addressing directly the possible job opening.
If Poroshenko wants to resolve tensions with Russia, Saakashvili couldn’t be a worse choice, as the Georgian President was best known for his 2008 attack on breakaway South Ossetia, during which the military hit Russian troops that were known to be positioned in the area, starting the brief Russo-Georgian War, during which most of Georgia’s military was destroyed.
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For those unaware, Russia was the OFFICIAL UN security council endorsed Peacekeeping force in relation to keeping the peace between South Ossetia and Georgia! When Georgia attacked South Ossetia on the morning of the opening of the Beijing Olympic games they also attacked NORTH Ossetia, which is Russia itself!
Russia did what many wished UN security peace keeping Forces it enforced the peace, driving the Georgians back into Georgia and taking just enough of the region to stop both shelling and rocket attacks AND stopping the Georgians from resupply and flanking actions!
After a short period when the action cooled down the Russians withdrew back to the Sth Ossetian Borders! Interestingly Fox News ran the story originally that Georgia started it within 48 hours the story was in fact changed to make it look as if the Russians had started it! European countries determined that it was in fact Georgia started the activities!
I presume the whole purpose of this suggestion is to infuriate the Russians. It is an important point in current Ukraine politics.
I also think that Putin already detests Saakashvili to such an extreme that such an action would lead to a fatal accident. In fact some of Saakashvili's new "friends" may even intend that, since it would be about as foolish as killing Hariri was in Lebanon for future relations with the West. Saakashvili is a neocon pet, and they'd take that hard.
Interesting thought, though gnats don't infuriate; they merely annoy.
Or pretend to.
The source for this "pressure" is just an Internet petition? It would be weird for all kinds of reasons. I doubt Ukrainians are really asking to have a foreigner (and recent immigrant) nominated for PM; and the US has enough puppets in Kiev already.
More Neocon turmoil. How do we get rid of them?
The best candidate for Adolph Hitler defense ministery was those who believed in fascism, here in 2015 the Neo fascism have the very same choice, Saakachvili and Proshenko are no different.
So the tie eater lives to eat ties another day. Much hated for a stupid and incompetently led war, plus endemic corruption and authoritarianism in his own country, he somehow manages to ingratiate himself with oligarchs of another and get himself 'selected' as its PM. I hope he's got a tastier tie to chew on this time.
An American former State Department employee as Finance Minister of Ukraine, Saakashvili, a Georgian neocon puppet, as governor of Odessa and possibly as Prime Minister of Ukraine, is this the future of the neocon's one world government peppered with neocon ringers? We have seen a few early signs of it in the U.S. with people like Australian/Isreali Martin Indyk as a U.S. Ambassador and Stanley Fischer, Zambian/Israeli, now second highest official in the Federal Reserve.
WOW! Victoria Nuland and the USA neocons have really started the democratic process going in Ukraine! Soon, starving, hopeless refugees won't have to come all the way from Libya, they can start streaming in right from Kiev. A great use for USA taxpayer's disappearing funds.
I don't think Proroshenko has changed his position on peace. Putin is in one of his "negotiating" phases and there's talk of an agreement to remove heavy weapons. As far as I can tell, this would be the third time Putin has promised to do that and has, be definition, therefore, broken his word twice before. Clearly, the right strategy is negotiate a deal and then sit back and let Putin break his word yet again. Every time he does that, he discredits himself a little more. As for Saakashvili, he would be a bad choice only in the eyes of Putin's supporters since it would put all the "temporary" occupations (South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria …) on the table. That said, I don't really see Yats being sacked. He seems to be doing quite a good job and all this may be just a ploy to make it clear to Putin and his American supporters that Ukraine has no intention of surrendering.
The problem of guys like Yatseniuk is that their nationalism is not build on patriotism but on hate of something else.He is also a pure communist product (Lenin was used to say : "who is not with us ,is against us").That is why he did not accept the Dombass opposition which was simply acting like he did in Kiev.Yanoukovitsh did not send tanks,but Yatseniuk did. When such guys discover ukrainian nationalism in history books printed by uniat nationalist-fanatics in Canada and or USA, they have only one leit motiv is to hate Russia.The aim of creation ukrainian nationalism was to destabilize the Tsarist empire. This is the opposition of the aim and ideals of Prince Vladimir who created Kievskaya Rus on basis of orthodox faith and was friend of Moskoskaya Rus.The present nationalist have no common values with the Prince Vladimir. Unfortunatly for Kiev the Dombass region is closer to Prince Vladimir ideals.
Sakashvili is simply an amoral person.Typical product for orange revolution.In Georgia, he gained popularity in the beginning because he stopped the bribery of the steet police. But he also put half of the man of Georgia in prison where they we beaten and raped.So his popularity is not very great in Georgia;They want even to arrest him ,so he escaped in Ukraine and took the ukrainian nationality in order to avoid prison (it is his own words).He is used to use primitive tricks to gain people sympathy on level of first or second year of business school : fire some people and raise the salary of the others).
Can a 'Georgian' – Saakashvili – be a PM of Ukraine. I know he is a US citizen and CIA stooge. These servants and criminals even do not care for appearances!!!
You really couldn't make this stuff up….
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