Thursday, August 11, 2016

Russia Warns Kiev On Sabotage, Dismisses Abkhazia & South Ossetia Comparison

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 11 -- Ukraine's Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko convened a press stakeout on August 10, to read a statement by his foreign minister and say to expect a Security Council meeting at any time about the situation with Russia. He hearkened back to Russia and Abkhazia and South Ossetia during the Olympics eight years ago.

  On August 11, Russia's Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was dismissive of the comparison and said, Don't engage in terrorism or sabotage. Inner City Press Periscope video here, also on Syria.

  Inner City Press at his August 10 stakeout asked Volodymyr Yelchenko what lessons Ukraine takes from those events of 2008, and given the doubts he expressed about Ban Ki-moon, if he had contacted the UN Secretariat. Periscope video here. He mentioned that the UN Department of Political Affairs would be ready to brief.

UN DPA is headed by Jeffrey Feltman, who as revealed yesterday while at the US State Department met about Lebanon with major CGF donor Chagoury - but that's another story.

    Yelchenko said to remain alert for a Security Council meeting. For his stakeout, the UN didn't even unlock the glass doors to the stakeout, the access for journalists called “non-resident” as Inner City Press has been since, in retaliation for coverage, Ban and his USG Cristina Gallachevicted the PressEmerging documentary here.

  Click here for coverage of 2008, from the Inner City Press (evicted) vault. Watch this site.

Back on February 10 the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde said:

"I am concerned about Ukraine’s slow progress in improving governance and fighting corruption, and reducing the influence of vested interests in policymaking. Without a substantial new effort to invigorate governance reforms and fight corruption, it is hard to see how the IMF-supported program can continue and be successful. Ukraine risks a return to the pattern of failed economic policies that has plagued its recent history. It is vital that Ukraine's leadership acts now to put the country back on a promising path of reform.”

  Hard to see, indeed. But later on Wednesday, Lagarde said:

"I had a constructive discussion with President Petro Poroshenko on issues raised by my press statement this morning.

“The President reassured me of his unwavering commitment to reforms, including improving governance and fighting corruption. We agreed on the principle of a roadmap of actions and priority measures to ensure prompt progress under the program, which will help keep Ukraine on a path toward robust and sustainable growth."