It’s unclear what exactly Kissinger was doing here and whether he was paid to meet Yanukovych as Western leaders are shunning meetings citing anti-democratic policies, such as locking up political rival Yulia Tymoshenko. Instead of fixing the problem by releasing her, Yanukovych and his team are trying to show that everything’s fine, hoping the U.S. and the European Union will somehow forget about it. They won’t.

It’s unclear what exactly Kissinger was doing here and whether he was paid to meet Yanukovych as Western leaders are shunning meetings citing anti-democratic policies, such as locking up political rival Yulia Tymoshenko.

Yanukovych’s administration seems to think that Western politics works the same as here – through personal deals. They appear to believe they just have to get their message across to the correct people that Tymoshenko is a criminal. They do the same in trying to persuade the International Monetary Fund to resume lending despite lacklustre reforms, flying ministers and officials to Washington frequently to meet IMF top brass.

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