Comments on: Is Russia’s conflict with Ukraine really about trade? If so, this might help. http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: AlkalineState http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-397008 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:56:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-397008 12 years in office and Putin has accomplished nothing. Unless you think fighting Chernobyl…. to a draw…. is an accomplishment.

Russian economy in decline. Investors are pulling money out. They don’t trust Putin. And the only people who still do trust Putin are the drunks who voted for him. That’s not enough to advance productively in world affairs.

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By: Moties001 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-392242 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:11:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-392242 It is amazing that someone writes an article and people comment based upon recent events. Russia had poured billions of Rubles into Ukraine and in 2013 at Yalta in a meeting between Ukraine the EU and Russia an agreement could have been reached on a trade deal that would have suited all parties. It was the interference of the US that caused the deal to collapse. I take on board the anti Russian opinions on here, and the fact that Russia is not a total democracy but lets not allow that to blind to us to the truth.

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By: KVM342 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-386212 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 08:48:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-386212 “A key reason for the outbreak of hostilities was that Moscow wanted Kiev to join the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union, not the European Union Association Agreement.”

Choosing between the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union or the European Union Association Agreement was always only a first step towards more integration with Russia or the EU. And because Putin could not obtain more Russian integration of Ukraine through Yanukovich, he has shifted to military integration. First Crimea and now the Donbass.

But Putin wanting to control Ukraine has nothing to do with serving the Russian people: remember he was NOMINATED president in 1999 and not elected. He owes allegiance to those who nominated him and are at the head of the current system of corruption and nepotism. Any free participation of the people in the government of Russia, as is happening in Ukraine, would necessarily remove him from power.

So destabilizing OR controlling Ukraine allows him to maintain the myth that power-to-the-people does not work in the ex-USSR.

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By: Alfill http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-386196 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 08:33:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-386196 Dealing with socialist countries is hard to think about free trade agreement.-

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By: Alfill http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-386120 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 07:46:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-386120 Free trade marke per se is hard to achieve among left parties.

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By: zoniedude http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-385445 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 01:19:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-385445 Please don’t tell me a trade solution would work by citing the example of Greece, the basket case of the EU. D’oh.

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By: BraveNewWrld http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-385013 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 21:44:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-385013 Russia would like to issue its own regulations – similarly to how the US or the EU do. Ukraine gave up this authority to the EU super-national regulators, which BTW is hardly beneficial for its national economy. A reasonable compromise would be to have an EU-Russia/Ukraine agreement on mutual recognition of standards and regulations, such that Russia/Ukraine keep economic/manufacturing/trade sovereignty. EU would have to concede significant economic benefit…

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By: BraveNewWrld http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-384742 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:19:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-384742 The main problem with “participating” in both free trade agreements with the EU and with Russia is quite simple. It is in fact a wrestling match between the EU and Russia as to who will define the “rules of trade” – that is, which body will be issuing industrial, manufacturing, and trade standards. In the Ukraine-EU association agreement this went to the EU.

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By: one_some http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-383853 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 17:42:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-383853 The main reason of the war is Putin wants to wants to hide economic problems which began BEFORE the war. So war is the best way he can boost his rating.

Shame for Obama. Did America have more coward president? As sources say, Putin scared Obama that Russia will fully invade Ukraine if Obama gives weapons to Ukraine (the US even withdrew military instructors!). Cheap Putin’s bluff always work with the West. In reality Putin is not interested in full invasion of Ukraine.

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By: Volchesta http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/06/can-new-trade-deals-help-solve-the-ukrainian-conflict/#comment-382246 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 11:38:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=38471#comment-382246 Clearly you do not understand the mind set of the old Soviets that inhabit all of these little offices that wield their little official blue stamps and have their grubby little hands our for a few extra pennies. Changing this system means putting the Old Soviets out of work…and that is the root of many of the problems here. LOOK carefully at all the videos of the Eastern Ukraine population…who is waving the old Russian Flag, the new Russian flag and the DNR/LNR flags….mostly old people. All they care about is THEIR pensions and no one else.

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