President Viktor Yanukovych confirmed last might that he will keep to his scheduled trip to China today – that visit is now seen as critical for his administration to secure loans to secure financing and improve the government’s negotiating position as it heads to talks with Russia over the next few weeks on cheap gas and financial assistance. He must though have in the back of his mind whether his administration will still be in place upon his return, and indeed whether he will be able to return.
The focus today in Ukraine will shift to the Verkovna Rada where two bills are due to be considered by deputies. The first is a vote of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, and the second is a bill to allow the freeing of opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko.
I expect the first bill to pass, but I am doubtful that the second will secure the required majority.