Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ukraine's Pres. Meets with Pres. Putin in Russia; Seek Strategic Partnership Treaty of Two Nations

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych held surprise talks yesterday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on a strategic partnership treaty with Moscow -- a move that faces strong resistance from pro-West Ukrainian demonstrators -- the Big News Network website reports today (December 7, 2013).

Yanukovych flew from China to Sochi in southern Russia for the meeting.

Last month -- due primarily to economic pressure from Putin, including his refusal to sell Russian  heating oil to Ukraine during the winter -- Yanukovych shelved a partnership deal with the EU (European Union), triggering angry protests in Ukraine's capital Kiev.

Yanukovych's unexpected last-minute rejection of the historic EU agreement has resulted in the biggest protests in Ukraine since the 2004 Orange Revolution.

No comments:

Post a Comment