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Obama: Commitment to freedom and shared values a key element of US-Ukraine partnership

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Aug. 24, 2012, 4:15 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in North Las Vegas, Nev.
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 U.S. President Barack Obama has congratulated his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych on Ukraine's Independence Day, the press service of the Ukrainian president has reported.

In his letter to Yanukovych, Obama said that since independence, Ukraine has taken important steps on the road to building a democracy and has made vital contributions to global peace and stability.

"Continued commitment to freedom and shared values is a key element of our strategic partnership," he said.

"We remain dedicated to working with you to build democratic institutions and the rule of law in Ukraine, to cooperating to advance global peace and security, and to bolstering the enduring ties between Ukrainians and Americans," Obama said.

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rcd1 Aug. 24, 2012, 9:07 p.m.    

Weak statement... means nothing as it is totally empty words and will change nothing in Ukraine under the leadership of Yanucovich and his criminal thugs that control the country and its politics. If Obama was really serious and wanted real change in Ukraine the he would put real meaningful pressure on him and not the same repeated empty words and he would also facilitate one on one discussions in Washington with Yanucovich just as Putin and Medvedev has had personal meetings with him in Moscow. It would seem to me that the Russians and the corrupt Russian ways have had the upper hand as a result.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 25, 2012, 12:21 a.m.    

In the current context I fully agree with your assessment. However, there are other factors at play in this current situation and this involves all of the true democracies. They do not want to be perceived as interfering in the alleged democratic process leading to the elections for a new Verkhovna Rada. In fact any such interference, no matter how well intentioned, would be welcomed by the Party of Regions as it would provide them with a scapegoat and a diversion form their own ineptitude. Just to illustrate this, one need only to refer to the comments made by Yanukovych during Independence Day celebrations where he tried to castigate the EU for its alleged interference in Ukraine's internal affairs (ie. the constant criticism of gross human rights violations by the Ukrainian Government). What happens after the elections is an entirely different matter.

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Mykhayl Aug. 25, 2012, 6:16 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

QUOTE: "...What happens after the elections is an entirely different mattar." QUIT QUOTE

Obama's November 7th, 2012, re-elected to handed over the sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations?

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Mykhayl Aug. 25, 2012, 6:21 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

QUOTE: "...What happens after the elections is an entirely different mattar." QUIT QUOTE

Obama's November 7th, 2012, re-elected to handed over the sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations?

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rcd1 Aug. 25, 2012, 8:29 p.m.    

Obama will most likely be re-elected and rightly so. Mitt Romney is very similar to Yanucovich in the regards to representing the wealthy & elite rather than " the people" and he is surrounded by a team of elite professional liars that try to deceive their way into victory while concealing their their true selfish controlling interests of which is money & power. Americans as a majority are not quite as easily fooled even though Romney has some support he will lose. (Republicans really hate this guy as well... but its more about trying to beat Obama rather than hating Mitt) I'd also like to add that Americans are more involved in politics. Why are there only 1000 protesters on the streets in Kiev? This is why Yanucovich and the party of regions still have the upper hand. Ukrainians are not united, engaged and fired up to end Yanu and the party of regions reign of control over their lives. They are doing nothing for Ukrainians... nothing except slowly and slyly steeling wealth, liberty, and freedom from Ukrainians. I truly and sincerely want the best for Ukrainians and the nation. They deserve far better and can have better than this. Really!!! But it's going to have to start first with Ukrainians and real desire for change. Others and other nations can only assist. Ukrainians have to start the real work. Right now that's just not happening in the majority of Ukraine. Call it fear, suppression, manipulation or lack of understanding or what ever? It's just not happening enough to start and sustain a revolution and major change and Yanu & his people know this and this is why they believe they can retain power. Oh... the U.S. and its sovereignty handed over to the United Nations is a ridiculous notion and projects a question of your level of sanity and intelligence more than anything else?

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