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Week of meetings on the Russian intervention in Ukraine.

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03/03/2014:Latest news, declarations & statements – (en+fr+tr)

Tatar kardeşlerimizin çatışmalarda herhangi bir şekilde etkilenmemesi için her türlü tedbir alınacak.

Türkiye olarak Kırım’da gerginliğin azaltılması ve sorunların çözülmesi için her türlü katkıyı yapmaya hazırız

Turkey is ready to contribute to decrease the tension and to settle the problems in Crimea

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Kritik ortamda önemli ziyaret…

Polonya Cumhurbaşkanı Bronislaw Komorowski, Sayın Cumhurbaşkanımızın davetine icabetle, 4-6 Mart 2014 tarihlerinde ülkemize resmi bir ziyaret gerçekleştirecektir.
2014 yılı Türkiye ile Polonya arasında diplomatik ilişki tesisinin 600. yıldönümüne tekabül etmektedir. Cumhurbaşkanı Sayın Komorowski’nin ziyareti, yıl boyunca her iki ülkede düzenlenecek kutlama programlarının resmi açılışını taçlandırması bakımından da önem taşımaktadır.
5 Mart 2014 Çarşamba günü Ankara’da gerçekleştirilecek resmi görüşmelerde, başta siyasi ve ekonomik konular olmak üzere, iki ülke arasındaki ilişkiler tüm veçheleriyle ele alınacak, güncel bölgesel ve uluslararası meseleler hakkında fikir alışverişinde bulunulacaktır.
Sayın Cumhurbaşkanları, aynı gün Basın, Yayın ve Enformasyon Genel Müdürlüğü tarafından, 600. yıldönümü kutlama programı kapsamında düzenlenen “600. Yılında Türkiye-Polonya İlişkileri” konulu Sempozyuma katılacaklardır. Ertesi gün ise İstanbul’da Türkiye-Polonya İş Forumu’nda iş dünyasının temsilcileriyle bir araya geleceklerdir. Ayrıca, İstanbul’da aynı gün, 600. yıldönümü resmi kutlama programının başlangıcını teşkil edecek olan Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi’ndeki “Türkiye-Polonya: Siyasi ve Kültürel İlişkilerin 600 Yılı” sergisinin açılışını da birlikte gerçekleştireceklerdir.
Tarihi bir mahiyet taşıyan bu ziyaret, iki ülke arasındaki kadim dostluk ilişkilerinin ve çok yönlü işbirliğinin karşılıklı yarar temelinde güçlü bir şekilde geleceğe taşınmasına katkıda bulunacaktır. Kaynak:TCCB.

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Ukrayna’daki siyasi krizin bölgesel boyut da kazanmak suretiyle derinleşmesi riskinden kaygı duymaktayız. İlgili tüm tarafları, uluslararası hukuk ilkeleri, ikili ve çok taraflı anlaşmalar çerçevesinde davranmaya; gerginliğin azaltılması amacıyla itidal içinde ve sağduyuyla hareket etmeye davet ediyoruz.
Siyasi krizin çözümüne yönelik girişimlerde, komşumuz ve stratejik ortağımız Ukrayna’nın toprak bütünlüğünün, egemenliğinin, bağımsızlığının ve ulusal birliğinin muhafaza edilmesinin esas alınması elzemdir.
Bu çerçevede, tüm aktörlerin teenniyle hareket etmeleri; oldu bittilere tevessül etmemeleri; uluslararası sınırların sorgulanmasına ve ülke genelinde kamu düzeni ve güvenliğin bozulmasına yol açacak adımlardan kaçınmaları gereklidir.
Ukrayna’da ve Ukrayna’nın bir parçası olan ve soydaşlarımız Kırım Tatarlarının da yaşadığı Kırım yarımadasında, istikrar ve huzurun, toplumun tamamını kapsayıcı ve tüm kesimlerin çıkarlarını göz önünde bulunduran bir diyalog süreciyle bir an evvel yeniden tesisi ve Kırım’da askeri gerginliğe sebebiyet verecek adımlardan kaçınılması büyük önem taşımaktadır.
Ülkemiz, bu amaçla her türlü desteği sağlamaya devam edecektir. Ukrayna’da Meydana Gelen Gelişmeler Hk.

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Ukrayna’daki gelişmeler son derece kaygı verici olmaya devam etmektedir. Özellikle Ukrayna’nın ayrılmaz bir parçası olan Kırım’a Rusya tarafından bir müdahale olasılığı krizi uluslararası sorun haline dönüştürme potansiyelini taşımaktadır. Böyle bir müdahalenin sonuçları ağır olacaktır.
Daha önce de belirttiğimiz üzere, CHP olarak Ukrayna’nın toprak bütünlüğünün korunması esas olup, herhangi bir dış müdahale bu ülkenin egemenlik haklarının ihlali ve bu ülkeye saldırı anlamına gelecektir. Bu itibarla Kırım’daki gerginliğin barışçıl yollardan diyalogla ve gerektiği ölçüde Ukrayna ile Rusya Federasyonu arasında temas ve danışmalar yöntemiyle çözümlenmesi uygun ve yerinde olacaktır. CHP Genel Başkan Yardımcısı Faruk Loğoğlu

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OSCE:Senior OSCE officials on Monday 3 March 2014 in Vienna
The meeting, hosted by Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Swiss Chair of the OSCE Permanent Council, is expected to attract a high level of participation to discuss how the OSCE can best support Ukraine, with delegations from the 57 OSCE participating States, heads of the OSCE Institutions and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier attending. More.

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EU Foreign Affairs Council
Monday, 3 March 2014 at 13.00 More.

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UN Security Council holds urgent talks More.

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen before the meetings of the North Atlantic Council and the NATO-Ukraine Commission:

I have convened the North Atlantic Council today because of Russia’s military action in Ukraine. And because of President Putin’s threats against this sovereign nation.
What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations Charter. It threatens peace and security in Europe. Russia must stop its military activities and its threats.
Today we will discuss their implications, for European peace and security, and for NATO’s relationship with Russia.
Afterwards, we will meet in the NATO-Ukraine Commission.
We support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. We support the right of the people of Ukraine to determine their own future without outside interference. And we emphasise the need for Ukraine to continue to uphold the democratic rights of all people and ensure that minority rights are protected.
Ukraine is our neighbour, and Ukraine is a valued partner for NATO.
We urge all parties to urgently continue all efforts to move away from this dangerous situation. In particular, I call on Russia to de-escalate tensions.

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    Official Statements & Declarations:

    Kremlin: Telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonPresident Putin.

    Telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande President Putin.

    Telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama President Putin.

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    U.S: President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act. The United States condemns Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory.
    The United States calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its forces back to bases in Crimea and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine. We have consistently said that we recognize Russia’s deep historic and cultural ties to Ukraine and the need to protect the rights of ethnic Russian and minority populations within Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has made clear its commitment to protect the rights of all Ukrainians and to abide by Ukraine’s international commitments, and we will continue to urge them to do so.
    President Obama told President Putin that, if Russia has concerns about the treatment of ethnic Russian and minority populations in Ukraine, the appropriate way to address them is peacefully through direct engagement with the government of Ukraine and through the dispatch of international observers under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). As a member of both organizations, Russia would be able to participate. President Obama urged an immediate effort to initiate a dialogue between Russia and the Ukrainian government, with international facilitation, as appropriate. The United States is prepared to participate.
    President Obama made clear that Russia’s continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community. In the coming hours and days, the United States will urgently consult with allies and partners in the UN Security Council, the North Atlantic Council, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and with the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum. The United States will suspend upcoming participation in preparatory meetings for the G-8. Going forward, Russia’s continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation.
    The people of Ukraine have the right to determine their own future. President Obama has directed his Administration to continue working urgently with international partners to provide support for the Ukrainian government, including urgent technical and financial assistance. Going forward, we will continue consulting closely with allies and partners, the Ukrainian government and the International Monetary Fund, to provide the new government with significant assistance to secure financial stability, to support needed reforms, to allow Ukraine to conduct successful elections, and to support Ukraine as it pursues a democratic future.

    Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.
    I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials, and we’ve made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of The people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia’s interest.
    However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties, and a military facility in Crimea, but any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe.
    It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.
    The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right to determine their own future.
    Right now, the situation remains very fluid. Vice President Biden just spoke with Prime Minister — the Prime Minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine. I also commend the Ukrainian government’s restraint and its commitment to uphold its international obligations.
    We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies. We will continue to communicate directly with the Russian government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.
    President Obama

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    U.S :The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory, and its violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity in full contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. This action is a threat to the peace and security of Ukraine, and the wider region.
    I spoke with President Turchynov this morning to assure him he had the strong support of the United States and commend the new government for showing the utmost restraint in the face of the clear and present danger to the integrity of their state, and the assaults on their sovereignty. We also urge that the Government of Ukraine continue to make clear, as it has from throughout this crisis, its commitment to protect the rights of all Ukrainians and uphold its international obligations.
    As President Obama has said, we call for Russia to withdraw its forces back to bases, refrain from interference elsewhere in Ukraine, and support international mediation to address any legitimate issues regarding the protection of minority rights or security.
    From day one, we’ve made clear that we recognize and respect Russia’s ties to Ukraine and its concerns about treatment of ethnic Russians. But these concerns can and must be addressed in a way that does not violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, by directly engaging the Government of Ukraine.
    Unless immediate and concrete steps are taken by Russia to deescalate tensions, the effect on U.S.-Russian relations and on Russia’s international standing will be profound.
    I convened a call this afternoon with my counterparts from around the world, to coordinate on next steps. We were unified in our assessment and will work closely together to support Ukraine and its people at this historic hour.
    In the coming days, emergency consultations will commence in the UN Security Council, the North Atlantic Council, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in defense of the underlying principles critical to the maintenance of international peace and security. We continue to believe in the importance of an international presence from the UN or OSCE to gather facts, monitor for violations or abuses and help protect rights. As a leading member of both organizations, Russia can actively participate and make sure its interests are taken into account.
    The people of Ukraine want nothing more than the right to define their own future – peacefully, politically and in stability. They must have the international community’s full support at this vital moment. The United States stands with them, as we have for 22 years, in seeing their rights restored. Secretary of State John Kerry

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    Joint declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Poland, Germany and France : We take note of the formation of a transitional government in Ukraine supported by a broad majority of votes in the Ukrainian parliament. This transitional government will have to face immense challenges in order to improve the standards of living of the citizens of Ukraine which can be only achieved through the implementation of the transition and modernization reforms, including fight with corruption, and respect for democratic values. We are ready to support Ukraine in these efforts.
    We remain convinced that political stability and reforms in Ukraine require a broad consensus supported by all relevant stakeholders without exception. In particular, a lasting accommodation of the existing diversity in Ukrainian society necessitates reaching out to Eastern and Southern regions and engaging with all legitimate interests, including minority rights especially regarding language issues.
    The situation facing Ukraine can only be addressed in a sustainable fashion, if all major political forces unite and pursue a common agenda.
    We are deeply concerned with the tensions in Crimea. Everything must be done to decrease the tension in the eastern region and promote peaceful discussions among relevant parties. We restate our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
    We appeal to all parties in Ukraine.

    Die Entwicklungen der letzten Stunden in der Ukraine sind gefährlich. Besonders auf der Krim hat sich die Lage stark zugespitzt. Wer jetzt weiter Öl ins Feuer gießt, mit Worten oder Taten, setzt bewusst auf Eskalation. Eine Verschärfung der Konfrontation hilft niemandem. Noch lässt sich eine weitere Verschärfung der Lage mit möglicherweise unabsehbaren Folgen von den politisch Verantwortlichen abwenden.
    Alles, was Russland auf der Krim tut, muss in vollem Einklang stehen mit der Souveränität und territorialen Integrität der Ukraine und den Verträgen über die russische Schwarzmeerflotte. Wir halten die russische Regierung an ihren dazu gemachten öffentlichen Zusagen fest. Dazu gehört, dass Russland jetzt nicht nur unverzüglich volle Transparenz über die Bewegungen seiner Truppen auf der Krim, sondern auch über seine dahinter stehenden Ziele und Absichten herstellt.
    Wir sind mit unseren Partnern in enger Abstimmung. Aus meiner Sicht ist es nötig, dass wir Europäer schnell zusammenkommen, um eine gemeinsame Haltung der Europäischen Union abzustimmen. Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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    UK:Britain views the developments in the Ukraine with growing concern.
    This afternoon, in view of the seriousness of events unfolding there today, and the Russian Parliament’s decision to authorise Russian military intervention, the United Kingdom has called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
    There can be no excuse for outside military intervention in Ukraine – a point I made to President Putin when we spoke yesterday.
    Everyone must think carefully about their actions and work to lower, not escalate tensions. The world is watching. David Cameron

    UK: I am deeply concerned at the escalation of tensions in Ukraine, and the decision of the Russian parliament to authorise military action on Ukrainian soil against the wishes of the Ukrainian government. This action is a potentially grave threat to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We condemn any act of aggression against Ukraine.
    I spoke today to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to urge steps to calm this dangerous situation. I told Minister Lavrov that Britain supports the Ukrainian government’s request for urgent consultations in accordance with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum signed by the UK, US, Russia and Ukraine. In the light of President Putin’s request to the Federation Council, we have now summoned the Russian Ambassador to the Foreign Office to register our deep concerns.
    I also spoke this afternoon to German Foreign Minister Steinmeier where we agreed on the need for international diplomatic action to address the crisis. The UK supports the proposed emergency meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, and we have already called an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council for this afternoon in New York.
    Yesterday I spoke to Ukrainian Acting President Turchynov and made clear the UK’s support for Ukraine’s new government. I urged him to ensure that the government takes measures which unify the country, and that it protects the rights of all Ukraine’s citizens, including those from minority groups, in a spirit of inclusiveness. And I assured him of the UK’s commitment to working with other international partners and institutions to ensure that reforms by Ukraine are matched by international willingness to provide economic support.
    I will visit Ukraine on Sunday to discuss these issues directly with the Ukrainian government. I will reiterate the UK’s support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. I will also discuss how the UK can support the Ukrainian government in recovering improperly acquired assets. The EU must agree urgently an asset freezing regime to target those suspected of laundering the proceeds of corruption. On my instructions, the British Embassy in Kiev has told the Ukrainian government that we stand ready to provide Ukraine with technical advice on asset recovery. Foreign Secretary William Hague

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    FR: François Hollande s’est entretenu ce soir avec Barack Obama, Herman Van Rompuy et Angela Merkel sur la situation grave et inquiétante que connaît l’Ukraine.
    Face aux risques d’escalade liés à la décision du Conseil de la Fédération de Russie d’autoriser l’envoi de troupes russes, le Président de la République a marqué l’importance d’une position commune, fondée sur le respect de l’intégrité territoriale et la souveraineté de l’Ukraine, le soutien au gouvernement ukrainien chargé de conduire le processus électoral, et la reconnaissance des droits des différentes communautés en Ukraine, comme des liens qui lient la Russie à ce pays.
    Le Président de la République s’est également entretenu avec Vladimir Poutine. Il lui a fait part de sa très vive préoccupation et l’a appelé à éviter tout recours à la force ainsi qu’à chercher avec la communauté internationale une solution de sortie de crise. François Hollande

    FR :Dans la crise ukrainienne, la France s’efforce de promouvoir une solution politique qui serve les intérêts du peuple ukrainien et préserve l’intégrité territoriale et la souveraineté du pays.
    La France est vivement préoccupée par les informations provenant de Crimée, qui font état de mouvements significatifs de forces armées. Nous appelons les parties à s’abstenir d’actions susceptibles d’alimenter les tensions et de porter atteinte à l’intégrité territoriale de l’Ukraine.
    Tout doit être fait pour parvenir à une résolution politique de cette crise. A cette fin, nous sommes en concertation étroite avec les autorités ukrainiennes et russes ainsi qu’avec nos principaux partenaires. Laurent Fabius.

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    CAN: Canada has been among the most vocal in the international community in expressing our disapproval over democratic back-sliding and repression in Ukraine. We remain very concerned about the situation in Ukraine and continue to monitor developments with considerable interest.
    We have adopted a policy that balances continued principled engagement with consistent messaging and action to urge the Ukrainian Administration to respect international norms of democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law.
    Canada has traditionally had strong ties to Ukraine. Since 1991, we have contributed more than $410 million in bilateral Official Development Assistance to Ukraine.
    In this time of crisis, Canada is providing medical care for Ukrainian activists through a contribution to a Ukrainian non-governmental organization, including vital supplies, first aid kits and training.
    Canada stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their fight for a free and democratic Ukraine.
    Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) advises against all travel to Crimea and advises that if you are presently in Crimea, you should consider leaving while it is safe to do so.

    Le Canada compte parmi les pays qui ont exprimé le plus vivement leur désapprobation concernant le recul démocratique et la répression en Ukraine. Nous demeurons très préoccupés par la situation en Ukraine et nous continuons d’en surveiller l’évolution avec un vif intérêt.
    Nous menons une politique qui établit un équilibre entre l’engagement fondé sur des principes et l’adoption de mesures et de messages cohérents qui exhortent l’administration ukrainienne à respecter les normes internationales en matière de droits de la personne, de démocratie et de primauté du droit.
    Le Canada entretient depuis longtemps d’étroites relations avec l’Ukraine. Depuis 1991, le Canada a versé officiellement à l’Ukraine plus de 410 millions de dollars en aide publique au développement.
    En cette période de crise, le Canada fournit des soins médicaux aux activistes par le biais d’une contribution à une organisation non gouvernementale ukrainienne, ce qui inclut des fournitures essentielles, des trousses de premiers soins et de la formation.
    Le Canada est solidaire du peuple ukrainien dans sa lutte pour une Ukraine libre et démocratique.
    Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada (MAECD) recommande d’éviter tout voyage en Crimée, et vous conseille fortement d’envisagez de quitter pendant que la situation en matière de sécurité le permet. MFA Canada.

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    EP: Verhofstadt calls upon EU to act urgently to protect stability and territorial integrity of Ukraine: Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberals and democrats in the European Parliament, deplores the Russian decision to send 2,000 troops to the Crimea: “The Russian actions are in breach of numerous international commitments. Instead of engaging with the international community and Ukrainian authorities, Russia chose to invade a sovereign country. This action could have serious and unforeseeable consequences. That is why it would be wise for Russia to take a step back and join the EU in creating the preconditions for free and fair elections and a solution for the desperate financial situation the country is in. These are the absolute priorities and nothing else.”
    For Verhofstadt, the international community in general and specifically the EU bear special responsibility for the integrity and stability of Ukraine: “The sending of Russian troops to the Crimea is a gross violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. As a consequence of the Budapest memorandum of 1994, the US and UK must immediately consult Russia on de-escalating the situation. Secondly, the extraordinary Council meeting of the ministers of Foreign Affairs planned for Monday should recall the EU ambassador in Moscow for consultation. The Council should also call upon Luxembourg as current chair of the UN Security Council to organise an urgent meeting to find a solution for the situation.”
    “The EU should also establish as soon as possible contact with both parties involved in the conflict, the Russian and Ukrainian governments, to mediate between them. Messrs. Sikorski, Steinmeier and Fabius have shown recently they can make a difference by brokering compromises. The EU should not make the same mistake as last time by waiting too long and letting the situation escalate.”
    Verhofstadt concludes: “Whatever the Russian interests in Crimea might be, the negotiation table is the right place to solve conflicts and not through military intervention. Guy Verhofstadt

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    Press and Thinktanks :

    How should the EU deal with the situation in Ukraine? Ukraine now has the chance to make a truly fresh start as a political nation and leave the dysfunctional system of the past behind it. But this will not be an easy task. The challenges range from dealing with an imminent economic collapse, separatism and corruption. In “Supporting the Ukrainian revolution” Andrew Wilson explains what the EU should do now:
    The most urgent challenges the Ukrainian government faces are the financial situation and regional stabilisation. While the EU should, in the long term, re-open negotiations about the Association Agreements, Ukraine needs both emergency economic assistance and radical reform in the meantime. The EU should therefore help fast-track Ukraine towards a new IMF programme and consider immediate bridging assistance. It should also help with constitutional reform and elections.
    Click here to download Andrew Wilson’s new policy memo (pdf).
    (Why a new Ukraine is the Kremlin’s worst nightmare) and Foreign Policy (Yulia Tymoshenko: Her Own Worst Enemy)
    Jana Kobzova and Balázs Jarábik argue that the real battle for Ukraine has just started: “It is time for the EU to stop talking, start listening and act where Ukraine needs the assistance the most.” Last week Kadri Liik and Andrew Wilson also wrote this blog post about what the EU should do next. Mark Leonard explains why Europe should help Ukraine help itself:
    The biggest escape for Ukraine’s elite is geopolitics. Over the last few years, Kiev has sought to off-load responsibility for its country’s problems onto Moscow and Brussels — playing the two against each other and extracting rent from both sides. The one thing more awkward than losing Ukraine, the two sides discovered, is winning it and discovering one has to pay the bill for a corrupt elite. Read more.

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    Moscou inverse les rôles à Kiev

    Alors que les dirigeants de l’Otan jubilent du coup d’État de Kiev, qu’ils présentent comme une révolution de plus à leurs opinions publiques, la situation s’inverse sur le terrain. À la place d’un gouvernement de voyous, faisant monter les enchères entre Washington et Moscou, ce sont désormais aux agents états-uniens d’exercer le pouvoir et de gérer les troubles qu’ils ont organisés. Or, le pays est ruiné et personne, quel qu’il soit, ne parviendra à le rétablir rapidement. La Russie peut maintenant défendre ses intérêts sans avoir à assumer le passif des vingt années de corruption précédentes. Continue.

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    Moscow Inverses Roles in Kiev

    While NATO leaders are jubilant over the Kiev coup, which they present to public opinion as a revolution, the situation is reversed in the field. Instead of government of thugs raising the stakes between Washington and Moscow, it is now up to U.S. agents to exercise power and manage the problems they have organized. Moreover the country is ruined and nobody whomsoever will succeed in bringing about a quick recovery. Russia can now defend its interests without incurring the liabilities from twenty years of earlier corruption. Full analysis.

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    Russia’s Seizure of Crimea Is Making Former Soviet States Nervous

    For the first time since the Soviet Union’s collapse more than two decades ago, Russian military forces have moved into an Eastern European country and occupied its territory. Over 15,000 Russian soldiers are now stationed in Ukraine’s autonomous republic of Crimea, according to Ukrainian officials (it’s not clear how many of them were already in the region before this crisis), in a deployment ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin to protect “Russian citizens and compatriots on Ukrainian territory.” No shots have been fired, but Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, has placed his country’s military on its highest alert level to deter “potential aggression,” as the United States condemned Russia’s “invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory” in violation of international law.
    Fifteen independent countries, including Russia, emerged from the Soviet Union’s disintegration. Six of them—Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—are in Europe, and all of them have a complicated relationship with modern Russia. Seven other countries once belonged to the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet Union’s military alliance in Eastern Europe. With the Cold War’s end, none of them had faced the threat of military intervention by the communist superpower’s successor state—until now. (In discussing Europe here, I’m not including Eurasian countries like Georgia, which fought a war with Russia in 2008, or the military support Russia offered Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria region in the early 1990s.)
    In response to the standoff in Crimea, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves announced that he would convene the National Defense Council on March 2 to discuss the crisis and called upon the Baltic states to increase their defense spending. “The events in Ukraine show that this struggle is taking place within Europe as well,” he said in a speech to the Baltic Defense College last week. “This sends a clear signal to Estonia and the [other] Baltic states: we must invest more in our national defense.” Estonia, along with Latvia and Lithuania, joined NATO in 2004. Full analysis.

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    Crisis in Ukraine’s Crimea

    The deployment of Russia forces in Ukraine’s region has escalated big power tensions and fed new instability of the country following the ascension to power of a new interim leadership. The following background, analysis and opinion articles trace the issues at stake and the consequences regionally and wider.
    “The Crimean population (59% Russian, 24% Ukrainian, 12% Tatar) is not viscerally hostile toward Ukraine. As in the Ukrainian East, most people there want responsible government, an end to the spiraling corruption of the Yanukovich era, and constructive relations with both Europe and Russia. However, there is a deep-seated mistrust of the Ukrainian nationalists. The Crimean legislature has repeatedly voted overwhelmingly to denounce the Maidan,” Issue Guide.

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