Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Russia is not Happy with Ukraine

The London Telegraph reports on a trip cancellation by the Prime Minister of Ukraine. Link.
Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's prime minister, has indefinitely delayed her visit to Moscow after threats of arrest.

Miss Tymoshenko, who was part of Viktor Yushchenko's team which took power in the orange revolution last November, has been told that criminal charges against her are still in force.

She had been planning to go to Russia for a two-day state visit, planned for April 15, but the government has been forced to cancel.

Russia's top prosecutor said she is wanted in Russia on charges of bribing military officials while she was head of a gas trading company in the mid-1990s. She denies the charges.

Talk about petty. Russia was humiliated by the forced resignation of its man in Kiev and his replacement by Viktor Yushchenko. They put the CEO of Yukos in jail for backing the opposition, and now they threaten jail if the Ukrainian PM ever sets foot in Russia. So much for maintaining friendly Russian-Ukrainian relations.


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