Saturday, June 02, 2012

"Ukraine: Teetering on the Edge"

Watch this video of Thursday's Wroclaw Global Forum 2012 session [with English language voice-over] entitled: "Ukraine: teetering on the edge", here:

Klitschko, Kwasniewski, and Herman are on the panel, which was moderated by former Polish PM Jan Krzysztof Bielecki.

The message from Ukraine's most loyal advocates could not be clearer: no progress on Ukraine's EU integration until opposition leaders are released from prison.

p.s. First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Valeriy Khoroshkovskiy's presentation at the Forum, in English, here:

His brief response when questioned about the 'elephant in the room' - the imprisonment of former PM Tymoshenko [about 47 minutes into the clip] was not convincing...

Normally a highly polished and confident media performer on Ukrainian television, Khoroshkovsky appears nervous and uncertain throughout..His advisers should have prepared responses to the easily predictable questions beforehand...or maybe he's too much of a smart-ass to do  his homework.

In comparison, Klitschko was far more assured....maybe there is a politician in there....

As the title of the first panel suggests, the Poles seem to be saying: we can't say too much right now because of the Euros...but after they finish our patience with Ukraine will run out...

p.p.s. Lots of interesting videos of discussion panels, presentations from the event here:


elmer said...

The best thing about the Wroclaw forum was Klitschko's response to Ganna Goebbels German.

Ganna Goebbels German repeated the tired old lie of the Party of Regions - "let's work together to make reforms, you in the opposition and we in government."

Klitschko just shook his head "no" and responded that there's no point to working with people who don't keep their promises, and have a proven track record of not keeping their promises.

The audience applauded.

A leopard cannot change his spots.

Ganna Goebbels German did not know what to say.

Anonymous said...

Ukraine on Trial

There was an interesting report that has been overshadowed by the Euro2012 games.

EU judicial monitors are going to sit in and view all evidence presented in the conduct of Tymoshenko's appeal.

Presumably those appointed will not have a hidden brief and their findings and report will be made public.