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EU unfazed by Tymoshenko warning on Ukraine
22.11.2006 - 17:39 CET | By Andrew Rettman
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Ukraine's new prime minister Viktor Yanukovych is trying to take his country back into the pre-Orange Revolution era and must be removed, ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko said in Brussels on the second anniversary of the Orange Revolution - but the EU is keeping an open mind on Mr Yanukovych for now.
Referring to the country's Soviet-like pre-revolution leader Leonid Kuchma, Ms Tymoshenko said "Foreign policy and domestic policy with Yanukovych looks like Kuchma-light, like cigarettes - it is similar to Kuchma but not as dangerous. We are doing all we can not to let Kuchma-light turn into Kuchma-full strength."
Presenting a list of anti-EU moves by the Yanukovych government in the past six months, she predicted that a new Orange coalition in parliament will topple Mr Yanukovych in early elections next year and the constitutional court will transfer power back from parliament to Orange president Viktor Yushchenko.
Mr Yanukovych has, she says: blocked legislation needed for WTO membership and the creation of an EU free trade zone; leant on media to spread anti-NATO "propaganda" ahead of a referendum on membership; increased energy dependency on Russia by non-transparent gas price deals and sidelined pro-EU foreign minister Boris Tarasyuk.
"We don't need to demonise [Mr Yanukovych's party] because these weak and quite vulnerable people don't have enough weight for a counter-revolution," Ms Tymoshenko said, describing the current government as a post-revolution "disease" phase preceding the birth of a "healthy" new state.
But the EU is keeping a more open mind on Mr Yanukovych for now, with the European Commission and member states waiting to see if his careful mix of pro-Russia and pro-EU rhetoric will translate into gradual integration with the EU at the same time as more stable energy relations with Russia.
"There has been a shift in Yanukovych [from his Kuchma days], not a huge shift, but a shift nevertheless and the EU should keep close ties with him to encourage this," a senior Czech diplomat stated. "There is understanding, especially in the new member states, that it is hard to cut ties with the old administration too quickly."
Yanukovych the pragmatist
"When I met Mr Yanukovych [who has come to Brussels twice since March] he talked to me as a euro-pragmatic man," external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner told EUobserver, adding "Maybe there is not the same speed of [pro-EU] reforms as before in Ukraine, but the country is in a very complicated situation."
Even the more hawkish US, widely credited with helping orchestrate the 2004 revolution, is keeping in with Mr Yanukovych for now. "We have pledged to work with any freely elected government in Ukraine," a US diplomat stated, adding "the US sees Ukraine in [NATO] in future, but how it gets there is up to the people of Ukraine."
Kiev-based think-tank the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) - which helps Brussels draft its policies on Ukraine - also believes Mr Yanukovych "will support further integration with the EU and cooperate on security issues", saying the WTO legislation might still go through this month and calling Ms Tymoshenko's early election forecast "unrealistic."
On the test case of support for separatists in Moldova's Trasndniestria region, Mr Yanukovych has so far taken the pro-EU and anti-Russia line of working with EU border monitors to stem black market exports, but has also raised EU eyebrows by closing a key bridge on the Dniester river forcing Moldovan goods trains to go through separatist turf.
No angels in Kiev
Meanwhile, there are no parties or orange banners in Kiev's Independence Square on Wednesday (22 November) - two years after 250,000 people peacefully overthrew the repressive regime of Mr Kuchma and his then president Viktor Yanukovych in one of the biggest political events in eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Mr Yanukovych - freely re-elected as prime minister this March - today has approval ratings of over 20 percent, while dioxin-scarred Orange Revolution icon, president Viktor Yushchenko, has just 15 percent after a series of top-level corruption scandals and infighting in the Orange camp.
Major issues - such as who ordered the murder of opposition journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000 and who poisoned Mr Yushchenko in 2004 - remain unsolved as the Orange politicians cut deals with oligarchs and a civil service full of Kuchma-era staff, while the romance of November 2004 drains away.
"There are no angels in Kiev," an EU diplomat said, commenting on the current political scene. "People are mainly interested in economic growth, and by and large they care much less about [foreign policy issues such as ] NATO membership," the ICPS added.