About us     Activities     Announcements     Contacts 
 Other countries
 Reviews of the press
 Summer Academy

   We recommend:

   Our sponsors:

  Is it necessary to interfere into the Ukrainian affairs?

Darius Varanavièius, political scientist, executive editor of the magazine "The State"
2007 05 01

On Thursday (12 April, 2007), Prime Minister of Lithuania G. Kirkilas left for Kiev - maybe he expected to solve the Ukrainian political crisis and to prolong the tradition which has been started by V. Adamkus during Orange Revolution...

In view of the context of participating in the Ukrainian affairs, the above efforts could imply the desire to coherently consolidate the regional standing of Lithuania and good relationship with neighbors. The role of V. Adamkus in opening the door to power for V. Yushchenko, and reaction of part of the Ukrainian society to the above support, contributed to the creation of a positive image of Lithuania in Ukraine, especially in its western part. However, the actual political effect of this continuity is possible only subject to one condition: it has to flexibly respond to the dynamic of regional policy and to changes in the power balance.

Meanwhile the current situation in Kiev is far from what happened during Orange Revolution. Then both, supporters of V.Yushchenko and observers of the presidential elections from the West have clearly stated that the assumed victory of V. Yanukovich is the result of electoral violations. The balance of attitudes of the society (except, maybe, Doneck), was also very clear. Support of V. Yushchenko meant support of democracy, solidarity with the West and at least a moral right to interfere into affairs of Ukraine.

Therefore, it is more than strange when former president of Poland A. Kvashnievski or the Lithuanian delegation lead by G. Kirkilas, identify the current situation in Ukraine with „orange“ times.

The formal side of this confrontation: V. Yanukovich has taken the post of Prime Minister lawfully since his party‘s results were the best during the elections to the Supreme Rada.  The fact that the leader of the Party of Regions (V. Yanukovich) has managed, by using various political maneuvers, to significantly cut powers of the Ukrainian president and attract former supporters of V. Yushchenko, is an internal matter of Ukraine. The decision of V. Yushchenko to release Rada and organize early parliamentary elections is not only a protest against the opponents, but also a step indicating his desperation. This can be confirmed by the recent maneuvers of the conflicting parties: they say that V. Yushchenka is determined to declare a moratorium to his order on the release of Rada.

Informal side of confrontation is clearly seen in the streets of Kiev: the orange color is no longer a dominating color and the number of supporters of V.Yanukovich is increasing. This is reflected in various political ratings according to which the Ukrainian president is departing to the second plan.

However, the key features of the Ukrainian crisis are reflected in the formal criteria. In view of the above, a question arises: is it necessary for Lithuania to interfere into the internal affairs of Ukraine? In case of a primitive approach to the situation, (pro-Western V. Yushchenko or pro-Russian V. Yanukovich), we could imagine ourselves as defenders of the Western values.  However, the current situation in Ukraine is very vague, moreover that today V. Yanukovich responds to foreign supporters more favorably and makes another political maneuver, which might become a real trap for the Western ambassadors.

In the above context the mission of the Lithuanian delegation seems strange, moreover that Western countries show no interest in the Ukrainian crisis. Hopefully, this time G. Kirkilas will avoid direct evaluations or expressions of likes and dislikes in Kiev. However, it is clear that both parties in conflict will do everything in order to attribute their colors - orange or white-blue-red – to the above high level guests.

Copyright: it is obligatory to indicate www.geopolitika.lt as a source in reprinting or otherwise using www.geopolitika.lt material.

   Print version
  Article has no comments

Enter code:  

Use of juvenile, nonsensical and vulgar language prohibited.

Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (41)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (67)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (23)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (3)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.



Copyright: it is obligatory to indicate www.geopolitika.lt as a source in reprinting or otherwise using www.geopolitika.lt material!

© 2005-2017 Geopolitiniø Studijø Centras