Today Ukraine is not the favorite subject of interest for the EU. After having freezed the association agreement both parties remain discreetly silent, which does not mean, however, that nothing is happening.
President Yanukovych understood this annoying fact that half a year before the parliamentary elections he had scored three defeats. There is no new price for gas from Russia, there is no association and free trade agreement with the European Union, there is no agreement with the International Monetary Fund.
Ukraine is about to buy in spring its own bonds worth 13.5 billion dollars, and without external assistance it wouldn’t work. Someone has to answer to this situation. According to the rules of politics it will be the Prime Minister. We will probably see the change of government this spring.
Among the candidates for Azarov’s succession we have Sergei Tihipko. But he will not accept to be a puppet, because his political ambitions go much further than just the elections. As for now, the Minister of Finance has changed. “Young, gifted” Choroszkowski is about to show the world that the situation is under control and it is worth investing in a country on the Dnieper.
What can effectively and genuinely improve the situation is the creation of a gas consortium with Russia and the EU. The gas will be cheaper perhaps, but the structural price of this situation will be very high.Author : Marek Siwiec MEP