Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Possible negotiations

There was a report last night that Kuchma and Yanukovych were ready to negotiate. Yanukovych is quoted to have said the conditions purportedly coming from the Yuschenko camp created a framework for negotiations. Here's the article: Kyiv Post. Top stories. More here.

I don't know what to make of this. Kuchma has called for it and that would seem to be a sign of a lack of confidence. If Yanukovych has accepted this, the same would go for him. This could be the result of pressure from the US and the EU, which I have no doubt is being applied heavily. (The US ambassador, Herbst, is supposed to have been in meetings yesterday with the government.)

It could also be nothing more than a statement meant to curry public opinion and to get the West off their backs, while what they really want might be forming up in the forests outside of Kiev. It is hard to tell at this point.

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