Foreign media digest 15-17 August 2014


Steinmeier hopes to find a political solution to cease the fire in Donets. Foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia will meet on Sunday along with their counterparts from Germany and France.
Deutsche Welle:
German minister of foreign affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier hopes to give impulse to find a political solution to cease the fire in Donbas. “We are talking about road map to impose a ceasefire and give grounds for effective border control,” dpa news agency quotes him as saying. Ukrainian minister underlines questions of principle in those talks are to stop militants’ activity in Donets and Luhansk and to release pilot Natiya Savchenko, who is restrained in Russia and to release other Ukrainian political prisoners.
The EU and NATO should provide military support for Ukraine – Klimkin.
Deutschlandfunk, Reuters:
The European Union and NATO should provide military aid to Ukraine – Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin told in the interview for German radio Deutschlandfunk. It’s a really tough question for the European Union and NATO: What can they do if a war is practically … being mongered in Europe by a European country? – the minister underlines. – And that’s why, if they say ‘We can’t do much there,’ it gives rise to the question: How can you then continue to be seen as a responsible partner?”.
Minister hopes the decision will come out a NATO summit planned for 4-5 September in Newport, Wales. He says Ukraine waits for NATO complex decision which includes political support, increase of support to Ukrainian soldiers, support in conducting reforms and other spheres including terrorists and cyber security.

It’s clear, in any case, that Ukraine’s business elites continue to shape the country’s political agenda despite the wishes of the Maidan revolutionaries to the contrary. “Poroshenko will have to decide if he really wants to fight the corruption that brought so many Ukrainians out into the streets — or content himself with the oligarch politics of old.
Foreign Policy:
Those Ukrainian mass media which say dictatorship will appear in Ukraine, are absolutely right and should be considered seriously.
“It is unbearable how new authorities try to react on the current situation,” a journalist thinks. Some decrees which was adopted in the second reading on Thursday “could lead to serious reduce of democratic rights up to banning some mass media and political parties. These actions are covered by fighting with separatism”, the article states. “All these look like Vladimir Putin’s democracy or the presidency of the ousted Ukraine’s president Victor Yanukovych against whom all those Ukrainian authorities have been,” Ertel writes.
“No one helps: not the Ukrainian government of the Donetsk People’s Republic; not Russia or international aid organisations, Hyde writes.
The Times:
Here in Slovyansk, east Ukraine, Ukrainian volunteers rescue people from besieged cities every day, she writes. “They find them accommodation in towns recovering from months of occupation. They tirelessly deliver food, bedding and hygiene essentials,” the article states. “When Russians sent 160 trucks with humanitarian aid, did anybody ask those who did this hard job what they needed? Does Ukrainian government with its hastily sent convoy ask what needed to be delivered? She asks rhetorically.

Political analyst and the head of research project on the impact of international sanctions in the Institute of Global and regional studies Christian von Soest says in his interview for German newspaper Der Spiegel “Western sanctions will have little impact on Russia”
Der Spiegel:
He thinks they “won’t change Russian course. Crimea’s annexation and to maintain Russia’s influence on Ukraine are the main tasks for Russia, that’s why Kremlin could pay a big price.” Von Soest also doubts that Putin’s ban on foreign products will increase the disapproval of government policy. Due to pro-governmental mass media and security services Putin may not be afraid of revolts. Nowadays he is very popular among Russians. He gives them feelings the West deals with their country as an equal.