Teixeira: Yanukovych's recent attempts to make visit to Brussels fail

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Aug. 31, 2012, 5:43 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has tried to make a visit to Brussels, but these attempts have failed, EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira has said.

"Immediately after coming to power, he [Yanukovych] made several visits, [and] he was always received well in the EU. After a while, he was trying to organize such visits, but EU leaders saw that their opinion and advice was not being heeded. So what was the point of such a dialogue, if no one takes into account advice?" the ambassador said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

He said that since the last EU-Ukraine summit in December 2011 there had been no visits by leaders of the EU or its member-states to Ukraine. Even the holding of the summit in Ukraine was quite controversial, as many in Europe spoke against this event, the diplomat noted.

Still, the EU leadership, according to Teixeira, decided to make "this extra gesture and take this opportunity to once again give their advice and encourage President Yanukovych to move in the right direction."

"This had no effect though. So it is not surprising that there are currently no visits by representatives of the EU to Ukraine at a political level. The same goes for Yanukovych's visit to Brussels," the European diplomat said.

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rcd1 Aug. 31, 2012, 6:02 p.m.    

Precisely... Yanu could no longer have his cake and eat it too... not with the E.U. anyway. Now he is back sitting on the fence and trying to play the Russians in order to make E.U. jealous or scared that Ukraine is running back into the sphere of the Russians. In reality Yanu never cut the cord with the Russians but yet really just wandered or took a little stroll on his own. The Russian grip is still quite firm on Yanu and his cronnies and without the E.U. as a partner and future Ukraine will eventually fall right back into the full control of Moscow. Yanu will get his clock cleaned by Putin and be forced to fall back in line or be replaced with someone who will. It is evitable and there are no signs or indications of anything else. The Ukrainian people seemed resigned to let what ever happens happen rather than chart and claim their own destiny. To again be servants of the Russians is repulsive and very undesirable and the history of Russian dominance over Ukraine is about to be repeated so why is there no extreme outrage going on in the Ukrainian society? Ukrainians would rather have dictators and lying thieves control their lives and country rather than unite and control their own destiny? That's basically what we are talking about.... It is so very strange?

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 31, 2012, 6:27 p.m.    

Ukraine will never be a free independent democratic state as long as it is beholden to presidential rule. EU membership should be contingent on a Sate adopting and maintaining a full Parliamentary system of government and the removal of presidential authority.

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Hector Lopez Aug. 31, 2012, 6:34 p.m.    

The Ukrainian people are much like the Russian people. They are sheep and are only concerned about their individual selves first. The corruption is ingrained into their entire society!!!!!

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Harry Yellando Aug. 31, 2012, 7:29 p.m.    

HECROR !!!! EXACTLY CORRECT.......Ukraine people lack the courage and foresight for any change, They deserve no better......The Ukrainian people are much like the Russian people. They are sheep and are only concerned about their individual selves first. The corruption is ingrained into their entire society!!!!!

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cedrik Sept. 1, 2012, 9:02 a.m.    

What Mr Teixeira is trying to say is EU's ORDERS to Mr Yanukovich were dismissed out of hand, hence EU's shock and dismay that someone has the gall to ignore them.

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