Foreign media digest 18 September 2014

POROSHENKO’S VISIT TO THE U.S. MILITARY HELP FOR UKRAINE.

Timothy Ash, head of emerging-markets research at Standard Bank, said “the precedent has now been set for consultations with Moscow – in this way Ukraine’s own sovereignty and right to self-determination has been further eroded. Through this action — presumably driven by EU powers — the EU has finally revealed its real lack of commitment to Ukraine.”

Foreign Policy:

www.foreignpolicy.com

Director of the German Marshall Fund research center in Warsaw: Ukraine has capitulated to Russia. Demands on Europe and the U.S. for providing military help haven’t been heard.

Le Temps:

www.letemps.ch

STATEMENTS OF GERMANY’S PRESIDENT

Germany’s president Joachim Gauck blamed Russian authorities for having violated international law. According to him, it makes the state visit to Russia impossible.

Rheinische Post:

In his interview Rheinische Post, which was published on Friday, 19th of September, Gauck said Moscow limited other nations for self-identification by hiding under imagine threats from the West. The head of Germany underlined he is criticizing not Russia as a country, but the authorities who represent it. Gauck criticized those who intelligently understand Russian’s position in Ukrainian conflict and state Moscow should not be demanded to agree with Ukraine’s pro-Western course. “Nation’s right for self-identification is a priority,” Gauck stressed. “I can’t tolerate Russia’s vulnerability in contrast to the self-identification of Ukrainian people.”

www.dw.de

EVTUSHENKOV’S ARREST IN RUSSIA.

Russian billionaires stung by Ukraine bristle over arrest

Bloomberg:

“The arrest of one of Russia’s oldest billionaires is sending shivers down the backs of business owners already reeling from U.S. and European sanctions over President Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine,” correspondents of Bloomberg Henry Meyer and Stephen Bierman wrote. “This is yet another blow to the lingering hopes of investors about the business climate in Russia,” Stephen Dashevsky, a co-founder of investment advisers Dashevsky & Partners, said. – If politics was the motivation with Khodorkovsky, the persecution of Evtushenkov, who has always been loyal to the government, is linked to the economic interests of the boss of one of the state companies,” Dashevsky said.

www.bloomberg.com

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