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This Day Live: Ukraine upset by Putin's 'rudeness' during visit

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July 15, 2012, 4:57 p.m. |

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych shake hands during their meeting prior a session of the Ukrainian-Russian state commission in the Livadia Palace, just outside in Yalta, in the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrei Mosienko, Ukraine Presidential Press Service)
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The visit of President Vladimir Putin to Ukraine, aimed at tightening ties with Russia's neighbour, appeared to have the opposite effect Friday as leading figures castigated him for "rudeness" in showing up four hours late.

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me you July 15, 2012, 6:16 p.m.    

he was probably finalising the invasion of UKRAINE in the name of protecting okupante with rusian passsports

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freedom..... July 15, 2012, 11:22 p.m.    

Four hours late! Putin should have made his puppet wait 10 or more hours.
They are both pieces of slime scraped off a sewer pipe......

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elmer-елмер July 15, 2012, 11:37 p.m.    

Why should the idiots in the "government" of Zookraine be upset?

They have absolutely no respect for the office of president - Russian provincial Governor Yanusvoloch simply uses the 'presidency" to acquire huge wealth for himself and his sons.

Likewise, they have no respect whatsoever for Parliament - they pass laws through piano voting, Akhmetov has NEVER been there, even though is a member, and they have a grossly callous disregard of Parliamentary norms and procedures.

Likewise, they do not respect the judiciary - the so-called Constitutional Court rubber stamps whatever Governor Yanusvoloch and the Party of Regions want.

What's worse is that the people of Zookraine tolerate this.

I can understand perfectly why noone in Ukraine trusts the government or the courts.

But the really tragic part is that the people of Ukraine have let this happen - they, too, have no respect for Ukraine or themselves.

Their remedy is simply to stand quietly by and make believe that none of what Governor Yanusvoloch, Parliament and the 'courts" do affects them.

So why should President Putler bother to show any respect towards Ukraine?

Yanusvoloch doesn't respect Ukraine.

Neither do the people of Ukraine.

seig heil
der fuhrer fascist Governor Yanusvoloch

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gary yellando July 16, 2012, 3:58 p.m.    

Yep !!!!! Yanko represent the Ukraine people......the peoples choice....
so let them be shamed and dishonoured....

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carl July 16, 2012, 5:03 p.m.    

This insult will not be forgotten, once gas dependence has been reduced it will be possible to meet Putin on more equal terms.

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elmer-елмер July 16, 2012, 6:10 p.m.    

It won't be possible to do that so long as there is a dysfunctional sovok mafia system of government in Zookraine - even if there is less gas dependence.

Energy independence should have happened a long time ago - but the sovok mafiosi, including some of the so-called opposition over the past 20 years, were too busy robbing and pillaging.

Why does Governor yanusvoloch have Russian citizens in his government, placed there at the directive of the Kremlin?

seig heil
der fuhrer fascist yanusvoloch Governor of the Russian province of Zookraine - serving at Putler's whim and pleasure.

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