It is interesting to note that of all those questioned, who were in their 20s, pointed out their objection to Russia's imperial ambitions, whereas older Kyivans expressed themselves in a more concilatory fashion toward Russia. An exception was an 80 year old retired construction worker: It is impossible to do honest business with Moscow. Our relations should be friendly, but honest. Instead, they are stirring up trouble in southeastern Ukraine. Russian-speaking people living in Ukraine should respect the Ukrainian nation.
Assurances that relations between Kyiv and Moscow are on an even
keel during the current visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin have
fallen on deaf ears in the Ukrainian press.
Newspapers across the political spectrum see bilateral ties as being
strained despite the official rhetoric, with the issue of neighbouring
Moldova remaining a particular bone of contention.
A commentator in the Ukrainian pro-government weekly Zerkalo Nedeli
accuses Moscow of meddling in the recent elections in Moldova, won by the
pro-Western Communist Party.
Moscow continues its attempts to actively influence developments Writer
in Zerkalo Nedeli
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko "was on the opposite side of the
political barricades to his Russian counterpart".
"Russia's active participation in the Moldovan elections has shown that
Moscow continues its attempts to actively influence developments in the
post-Soviet area," the commentator argues.
Mr Yushchenko's proposal on the eve of the Moldovan elections to revive
the GUUAM group comprising five former Soviet states, "which has always
been viewed in Moscow as an anti-Russian axis", was no coincidence, the
A Moscow correspondent for the Ukrainian parliamentary newspaper Holos
Ukrayiny also raises the Moldova issue, quoting a former ambassador to
Russia as saying the question of Moldova's troubled Dniester region, where
separatist violence led to hundreds of deaths in the 1990s, is unlikely
to be easily resolved.
'Verge of collapse'
The correspondent quotes a former Russian premier as saying that if
Kyiv were to block its border with Dniester, "Russia may raise the question
of which country Crimea and Sevastopol should belong to", referring to
the sensitive bilateral issue of the Black Sea region's status.
The pro-government Ukrayina Moloda believes the background to the Putin visit is "a serious weakening of the Russian position in the post-Soviet era".
The tension in relations has not subsided
It describes the organisation of former Soviet states set up by Moscow,
the Commonwealth of Independent States, as "on the verge of collapse".
For the independent daily Den , the visit is "symbolic". "Hardly anybody
expects major results from Putin's visit."
"Viktor Yushchenko's visit to Moscow immediately after his inauguration
was hardly successful."
"Two months have passed, but the tension in relations has not subsided,"
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