Sunday, April 19, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Russia tries to force Ukraine to turn away from West

By
From page A6 | December 03, 2013 |

The issue: But Ukrainians know better than most that if they give in to Russian intimidation now, the bullying will only get worse

In their wilder fantasies, Ukrainian democrats surely fantasize about moving their country to a location with better weather, better scenery and, most of all, without Russia as an immediate neighbor.

THE RUSSIANS have tried to incorporate Ukraine into first, the empire under the czars, and then, a socialist state as part of the old USSR, a process that involved deliberately starving millions of Ukrainian peasants, liquidating Ukrainian intellectuals and trying to eliminate the Ukrainian language.

Not surprisingly, the Ukrainians were not particularly grateful, and when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, Ukraine jumped at the chance for independence, even though Moscow had made the country so dependent, particularly in energy, that what followed was an eight-year recession.

Like many other former Soviet satellites, Ukraine chose to look to the West and begin discussions abut joining the 28 member states of the European Union, which offered a much brighter economic future plus access to international lenders.

But in politics as in real estate, location, location, location is everything and Ukraine is located way too close to Russia.

Over the summer, Ukraine began talks with the EU about closer economic and political ties, infuriating the Russians, who began customs slowdowns, sanctions on certain Ukrainian exports and none-too-subtle threats about the consequences of joining the EU.

TO A DEGREE, the threats worked. The Ukrainian cabinet suspended talks with the EU and canceled the scheduled signing to an “association agreement” that was to have been the high point of a EU summit in Lithuania.

The cancellation had the bruising fingerprints of the Kremlin all over it and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was shouted down in parliament when he tried to defend it. And there are strong indications that the Ukrainian government is anything but united in turning away from Europe toward Russia.

As the cabinet was trying to walk back the EU deal, the country’s president. Viktor Yanukovich, on a visit to Vienna issued a statement saying, “Ukraine has been and will continue to pursue the path of European integration.”

The Kremlin is trying to pressure Ukraine into joining a pathetic little threesome — the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan — that Vladimir Putin has put together as a rival to the EU, the world’s largest economic bloc.

THE UNITED STATES is not in a position to get into this and for diplomatic purposes shouldn’t try. But we can help the EU make up for some of the exports earnings to Russia that Ukraine could lose and help underwrite a large and desperately needed International Monetary Fund loan.

The Ukrainians know better than most that if they give in to Russian intimidation now, the bullying will only get worse.

Comments

comments

.

News

Aggie Pride on parade at UC Davis Picnic Day

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
City wants a study of sewer rates

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

Hard-of-hearing student needs community’s help

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
KDVS fund drive includes on-air pledging, plus parties and food

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
Art helped sell California’s agriculture

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Lawyers seek resolution to Davis molest case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

Sign up now for Celebrate Davis!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4Comments are off for this post

 
Students, families can get after-hours Internet access

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Garamendi hosts conference for women

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
‘Invaluable public servant’ retires after 20 years

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Your brain’s aging and a new report urges ways to stay sharp

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Injury-proof yourself for effective exercise

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Understanding risks can help women prevent leading health threats

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
Woodland bike rides set every Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Get some advice at Connections Café

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Eyewitness speaks about Israel’s election

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

Free gardening advice offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Grad Night tickets on sale online

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Schenker speaks about ‘Magical Mexico’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Yolo County DA honors crime victims at annual tribute

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
Holman offers Publishing 101 seminar

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Radio-controlled airplanes will race April 25-26

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Vote with your dollars at Davis Food Co-op

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Join the 10,000-vegetable challenge!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9Comments are off for this post

 
NAMI group offers family support

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Birding tour will benefit Putah Creek Council

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Watershed Wonders activities return to Putah Creek

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

Yolo County Neighborhood Court seeks new volunteers

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

 
UCD looks at building a better brain as we age

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

‘Vault’ highlights ‘Kathak’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Two drought-preparedness water bills pass out of Senate committees

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

Picnic Day favorites: dogs, bikes science

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Strike up the band, and the bubbles!

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A14 | Gallery

.

Forum

 
Ready for the parting glass

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Leash your dogs; it’s the law

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

John Cole cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B6

 
Yolo Crisis Nursery still needs help

By Our View | From Page: B6

Drink up, kids, but make your choice a healthy one

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

 
Speak out

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B7

Let’s not turn our backs on the Earth

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B7

 
This Earth Day, make a pledge to cool your home

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B7

.

Sports

Fast Aggie start negated by 14-0 USC lacrosse run

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Stagnant second-half offense sinks Devil girls

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Over the hump? DHS baseball team wins late

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Lambdin, Marshall lead Aggies at Mt. SAC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Republic FC gets another win at Bonney

By Evan Ream | From Page: B2

 
UCD roundup: Aggies sweep a water polo double dip

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Busy Clancy, Hall spark Devil tracksters at Mt. SAC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Former DHS star Drexel returns to create havoc for Aggies

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Pro baseball roundup: Oakland blanks Kansas City

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

 
Sports briefs: Blue Devils split a pair of tennis matches

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B14 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Marrone Bio Innovations strengthens its sales team

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

 
New phase opens at Brookfield Cottages

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

Tucos closes; new Japanese, pizza, subs debut

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
WISH grant funds available to eligible homebuyers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

.

Obituaries

Alice Catherine Micheltorena

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Jody Zewe

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Herman Timm

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Ruth Rodenbeck Stumpf

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Robert Leigh Cordrey

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, April 19, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B8