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Re: [alpha] INSIGHT - UKRAINE - Moscow-Kiev Spat - UA111

Released on 2012-02-28 08:00 GMT

Email-ID 2897611
Date 2011-09-14 20:55:23
this dude really gives the impression that Moscow calls the shots in Kiev

so basically, Med gets pissed b/c Timo is blowing Putin and not him, so he
whines to Putin and says drop the B and get behind Yanu like me. Putin
says fine, Yanu gets excited and oversteps his boundaries, and now Putin
is like fix this shit Med and Med is like okay, but we dont know what Med
is actually gonna do to slap Yanu around

so what's the couterargument to this? Does Russia really have this much
influence over the situation? this is something we need to address in
ukraine reassessment


From: "Marc Lanthemann"
To: "Alpha List"
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:48:33 PM
Subject: [alpha] INSIGHT - UKRAINE - Moscow-Kiev Spat - UA111

SOURCE DESCRIPTION: A senior pro-western diplomat in Kiev

Yes, yes, the spat between Kiev and Moscow has been really fun to watch.
But Yanukovich may be overstepping his bounds with the Kremlin if he keeps
this up. He has already really ticked off Putina**who didna**t like him to
begin with.

You already pretty much know this storya**Putin never wanted Yanukovich in
power without a counter-balance to keep him in check. Putin knew
Yanukovich could win on his own, but wanted a super-majority in order to
solidify the Kremlina**s meddling in Kiev. He wanted that to be
Timoshenko, not because she is pro-Russian, but that she was the most
easily bought out of all the top politicians. Of course, this is what got
her in trouble and arrested.

But Medvedev has never liked Timoshenko, mainly because she gave him no
respect in any meeting and would only deal with Putin personally. Medvedev
made the decision that Timoshenko cana**t be put into power, so he made a
deal with Putin. Medvedev swore that he would keep Yanukovich in line if
Putin dropped his support of Timoshenko. Putin agreed in return for being
the one to draw up the list of new Ukrainians going into power in the SBU,
military, ministries, etc. Also that Russia would get the base extension
it had been pushing for.

So when Timoshenko and Yanukovich showed up in Moscow at the end of 2009,
the tandem broke the news to Yanukovich privately that they were willing
to drop support for Timoshenko if he would agree to Putina**s list of
demands. Yanukovich jumped all over it, naturally.

Now that Yanukovich is acting out, Putin has snapped the leash on Medvedev
to fix this. It is kind of a test for Medvedev. This is why the railing
against Ukraine has come from Medvedev, not Putin. Question is which lever
will Medvedev pull to get Yanukovich back in line.


Lauren Goodrich
Senior Eurasia Analyst
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