Foreign media digest 4 November 2014

NSDC and UCMC analysts point out that after a great attention to Ukraine’s topics considering elections in DPR and LPR, and parliamentary election, the number of news about Ukraine returns to the usual amount.
The main topics.
– election in Donbass put to the halt Minsk agreements.
– the concentration of Russian troops at the border with Ukraine
– Russian rocket complex crossing the border of Ukraine (they talk about it less than it should be)


Federica Mogherini: “What Moscow says differs from what we are saying. As for us those elections are illegal. From the other hand, Russia was talking about “respect”, not about “recognition”. It means we have some space for maneuver.
La Stampa:

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann speaks against new anti-Russian sanctions. However, Austria shared the decision of the European Union not to recognize the elections in eastern Ukraine.
Deutsche Welle, Reuters:

Putin has staked his influence in Ukraine. After some time, Washington and Brussels will swallow that pill, but the biggest dream of the majority of Ukrainians to join EU and NATO will remain unfulfilled despite all the assurances from the West.
Die Welt:
“Do not resort to false illusions: Ukraine is rapidly going to decay, and the West ispowerless to do anything and just watching what’s going on,” the journalist says. Despite the enormous resentment, the European Union as a whole put up to the fact that the conflict in the east will be decayed further and in the end will be frozen for an unidentified period of time. In the upcoming years Ukraine, Shyltz continues, will remain “the martyr country: along with the actual split she has to face the numerous facts of the violation of her rights to self-determination.”

Having approved the so-called “elections” of separatists on the temporary controlled areas, Russian president Vladimir Putin has taken another step toward creating a puppet state inside Ukraine.
Washington Post:
While the elections went ahead in an orderly manner and saw long queues at many polling stations, they were marred by the lack of an electoral roll and the almost complete absence of any competitive campaigning.
Daily Telegraph:

The gap in the relationship between Russian and the European Union widened after Moscow had approved the results of separatists’ elections.

The Finlandization is not the way out in Ukrainian crisis. Even as a neutral state, an economically prosperous and democratically flourishing Ukraine would threaten the Putin regime by exemplifying a viable alternative to Putin’s authoritarian-statist paradigm.
Foreign Policy:

Vladimir Putin has a very clear strategy in Ukraine: first, sow panic among Ukrainians and the West and then wait, then provoke Ukrainians into doing things that distance them from the West, and then wait; invade when both Ukrainians and the West are off balance; and then repeat the process.

The vote in eastern Ukraine was a pastiche of democracy. Its purpose was solely to allow Vladimir Putin to create yet another Russian subsidized mini-statelet and thus hinder any progress of the Ukrainian government towards membership of Nato or the European Union.
The Times:
Mr Putin’s strategic purpose, if it is worthy of such a grand designation, is to keep Ukraine in permanent, exhausting limbo.

Russia, however, has recognized the outcome of the elections and does not care of the statements of the West. Moscow is more interested in the energy agreements established with Kiev on October 31, according to which Ukraine will receive the Russian gas under the financial security of the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. Under these conditions, Minsk agreements could last further. But the political synthesis is far from being achieved, and we all know too well that a trifle could rekindle the spark.

Philip Breedlove: “There are no signs that Russia is going to lose ground with Ukraine”
Voice of America:
Speaking about the latest events in Ukraine, Breedlove underlined: NATO won’t recognize elections, which were held by Russian separatists in the east. As NATO Supreme Allied Commander said, Russian forces continue to supply rebels with weapons. From 250 to 300 Russian soldiers remain in Ukraine, Breedlove underlined.