Putin to Meet Ukraine President in Sochi

Putin and Yanukovych will likely hold talks on Ukraine's domestic crisis at Sochi

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart on Friday, just as the former Soviet Republican is embroiled in a political crisis over its ties to Russia.

Putin will meet President Viktor Yanukovych during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to reports from the Russian news agency Interfax. “[Putin] will indeed be there and they will indeed meet,” said Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. Yanukovych’s office has yet to confirm a planned meeting with the Russian leader, Deutsche Welle reports. The two will most likely discuss bilateral ties in light of Ukraine’s ongoing crisis.

Ukraine has been mired in public protests since November last year when Yanukovych chose not to sign a European Union trade agreement in order to maintain ties with Russia. The issue snowballed into a domestic crisis with international implications, threatening the stability of the Ukrainian government and impacting relations between the E.U. and Russia.

Putin told his cabinet to freeze a $15 billion loan to Ukraine following the resignation of Ukraine’s government last month, leaving the country to face possible bankruptcy. Russia has been vocal in suggesting that Yanukovych should use force to crush the protests. It also accused the E.U. and Washington of interfering in Ukraine’s affairs.

[Deutsche Welle]

2 comments
andriystaroshchak
andriystaroshchak

Dear foreign journalists! Please make a pressure upon your governments and state authorities. Unfortunately we can see that interest in Europe to the events in Ukraine is decreasing. In case of sanctions against at least one of Ukrainian oligarchs or ministers our way to freedom and democracy will become irreversible.A lot of powerful persons in Ukraine just wait for external signal. Ask (or demand) your governments to provide sanctions!

Please, we really need your help!

Free Ukrainian citizen.

LevHavryliv
LevHavryliv

No good can come from a meeting between Putin and his subservient dictator-in-training Yanukovich. Ukrainians have chosen European values rather than a return to Russian autocracy.  Yanukovich should resign and Russia should stop economic and political blackmail of Ukraine. It's high time that Russia accepted the right of Ukrainians to a democratic , independent nation.