Foreign media digest 10 September 2014


President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine is expected to press the case for expanded military support when he visits Washington next week

The New York Times:

But critics say the American assistance is focused not on helping the Ukrainian military regain lost ground, but on general logistics and equipping Ukraine’s outmatched border guards. “The United States European Command has sent teams to Ukraine to assess its needs, but an American official said the effort was aimed principally at improving Ukraine’s military capability three to five years from now. “Even if the Obama administration is not prepared to send lethal aid, experts say, it could send military officers to help Ukraine plan operations, provide training in battlefield medicine and share intelligence on the movements of Russian and separatist troops,” New York Times concludes.

Brzezinski: Ukraine should be given defensive weapons.

Deutsche Welle:

Former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski thinks the West should help Ukraine to defend itself. “I think we need to help Ukraine defend itself. Not in an aggressive fashion against the Russians, but in a defensive fashion”, Brzezinski told in an interview for DW. He thinks if Ukraine will defend itself efficiently, the cost will rise to Putin to the extent that he may recalculate. Brzezinski thinks Putin’s position is an “old one”. “He achieves nothing. If he tries to recreate the Soviet Union, it could create a lot of disorder in Europe,” former head of the U.S. National Security Council said.

Опитування: Більшість американців та європейців за членство України в ЄС і НАТО.

Deutsche Welle:

In the U.S and Europe the majority of voters back prolonged economic and political support of Ukraine even that means the extension of the conflict with Russia. The results of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) survey indicate it, dpa agency informs on Wednesday, September 10. Sixty-eight percent of Americans surveyed backed Ukraine becoming a member of NATO but Europeans were about evenly split with 46 percent saying Ukraine should become a member of NATO and 47 percent saying it should not. A major annual survey of public opinion in the United States, Russia and Europe found that 52 percent of Europeans believed the EU should offer membership to Ukraine while 43 percent of respondents were opposed. The results were among the conclusions of Transatlantic Trends 2014, an annual survey of public opinion conducted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a U.S. think tank, and Compagnia di San Paolo, an Italian private foundation. The survey covers 10 European Union countries – Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, as well as Turkey, Russia and the United States. 1500 votes were. About 1,000 people were questioned in each country during June, except in Russia where the sample was 1,500. The pool was made before the tragedy with MH17 had occurred.

Ukraine was already on its knees before the war in eastern Ukraine began, and that is as much the fault of the democratic countries in the West as it is of Putin. Britain, Austria, Switzerland, and Delaware, as well as the “sunny places for shady people” that we think of as tax havens, have allowed Ukraine’s corrupt leaders to export embezzled money and to enjoy Western property rights for years.

Foreign Policy published an article titled “Want to help Ukraine? Stop accepting its stolen cash” about Ukraine’s new rulers hope to clean up a country that is among the most corrupt in the world. But they don’t have a chance if the Western banks keep accepting money stolen from Ukraine.


In carrying out his stealth invasion and lawless land grab in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried hard to divide the Western alliance and make it look impotent. It’s critical that he not succeed. Those are sanctions with teeth. They should be accompanied by meaningful military and economic assistance to Ukraine.

The Washington Post:

Making energy resources part of Western crisis management was a rash decision.

National Interest

Latest polls indicate Germans support the government’s line: more than half of Germans back stronger economic sanctions against Russia, even if that means Germany’s economy will suffer, as a result

The Wall Street Journal:

Finland denied it had obstructed EU’s latest Russian sanctions.

The Financial Times:

Finland’s prime minister Alex Stubb denied his country had obstructed EU’s latest Russian sanctions and said other nations supported its view that there should be a delay in their implementation.


Spain wants to become an “enemy” for the future American gas export to Europe.

El Pais:

“Spain wants to take advantage of the US energy revolution and become a route of entry for liquefied natural gas which in turn the U.S. could export to Europe to reduce the dependence of certain countries on Russia,” Joan Faus writes for El Pais. This is the message the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria conveyed to the Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, with whom he met in Washington.


Experts published a report which vaguely points out the airplane had been shot down with surface-to-air system. But it shed no significant light on what had happened.

New York Times:

As Reed Foster, a defense analyst at IHS Jane’s points out, the Dutch report was so circumspect and noncommittal that “everyone will find something here to support their case.” “It is a very vanilla account of a very tragic event,” he thinks.

The number of evidence points to Moscow’s role is growing.

The Wall Street Journal:


The West has blundered into the Ukrainian forest and enraged the Russian wolf, only to discover that we cannot face him. We should now be looking for the path out.

Daily Telegraph:

There would have been no civil war if the European Union’s leadership had not insisted on an exclusive association agreement that prejudiced Ukrainian industry in the east and trade with Russia.

The Washington Post:

Former US ambassador in the USSR about the situation in Ukraine: It is a family discord.


It should be declared publicly, the NATO does not want to ambush Russia, the alliance stands for its neighbors’ neutrality, and it is ready to give any guarantees that it is necessary to hold a new referendum on Crimea’s fate under international supervision.