Ukraine Monitor Articles
On August 27, Ukraine suspended all interstate relations with Belarus. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, this is a clear condemnation of the actions of the Belarusian authorities.
Almost half of Ukrainians believe that the country is heading in the right direction. It is over twice as much as a year ago.
The recent opening of the Crimean Bridge connecting Russia with occupied Crimea to railway traffic by the Russians has sparked another wave of international criticism.
Trump signed an armaments assistance programme to Kyiv for 2020, and a few days later, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence announced an agreement on the purchase of another batch of Javelins, that is, anti-tank missile systems manufactured in the United States.
One of the elements of a broader gas agreement between Russia and Ukraine is to put an end to the legal disputes between Gazprom and Naftogaz.
The Venice Commission has joined the circle of voices critical of the laws affecting national minorities in this country adopted by the previous Ukrainian authorities.
Ukraine has been consistently pursuing the course towards integration with NATO. Apart from developing bilateral cooperation with the US, the UK and Canada, the country’s primary focus has been the development of its own military potential.
So far, Ihor Kolomoyskyi has been disappointed with Volodymyr Zelensky’s presidency.
All signs indicate that the issues of the Russian gas transit through Ukraine, as well as court disputes between Naftohaz and Gazprom, will be dealt with – at least initially – during the Normandy Format summit in Paris on December 9.
The meeting of the so-called “Normandy Four,” announced at one time by Macron to be held in September, will, after tremendous diplomatic efforts, take place on December 9.
Ukraine’s Naftogaz has received a proposal from Russia’s Gazprom for gas transit through Ukraine’s transmission networks to European recipients from the beginning of 2020.
If anyone has doubted in recent months that the new ruling camp in Kyiv does not care about integration with NATO, as did their predecessors, now is the time to change your perspective.
Another round of trilateral talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine from 2020 has ended in a fiasco. The negotiations, held on October 28 in Brussels, have failed to produce positive results.
Recent polls indicate that October marks the beginning of an inevitable decline in ratings for Volodymyr Zelensky.