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You're reading: Ukrainian foreign policy: Barking without any bite

In Ukraine, the tenacity of the dogs
may be the same, but politicians have long dispensed with the carpet.
In other words, speculation on Ukrainian politics and conjecture over
the influence held by different interests require less guesswork than
in Russia.

Predictability is not necessarily a bad
thing. Complete transparency can provide insight into a country’s
stability. It can lead to earning the trust of international
financial agencies and markets. It can even lead to membership in
rewarding institutions such as the EU. Yet, unfortunately this type
of transparency
does not exist
in Ukraine. What does exist is a disheartening
predictability which subsequently prevents a successful Ukrainian
foreign policy.

A perfect example is the recent tumult
surrounding the controversial
language bill
. This bill highlights politicians stoking publicity
fires to avoid discussing problems of substance. 65%
of Ukrainians
see through this and believe the language bill is
pure political gamesmanship. In fact, even though the protests and
demonstrations over the bill were unquestionably earnest, they were
remarkably
small
in comparison with the number of people that attended the
recent Elton John and Queen concert.

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