Only Ukraine’s success can influence positive development of Russia – Lithuania’s ex-Prime Minister

Andrius Kubilius, Andrius Kubilius, Member of Parliament of Lithuania and former Lithuanian Prime Minister. Photo: youtube screengrab 

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Putin is very much afraid of Ukraine becoming a successful country, so he keeps Ukraine busy with the low-level war in Donbas, Andrius Kubilius, Member of Parliament of Lithuania and former Lithuanian Prime Minister, told at the 10th Kyiv Security Forum which is taking place in Kyiv over 6-7 April 2017.

“My advice: don’t allow Putin to dominate your agenda. Go forward with reforms,” he suggested. Mr. Kubilius noted that Europe doesn’t have a strategy to survive with Russia on the same continent and that Europe should assist Russia to become a normal country. However, nothing else worked before.

“Only the success of Ukraine can influence the positive development of Russia in the long-term,” he said.

He noted that Ukraine has made great success in fighting corruption, much has to be done, but it is a constant process, and noted that there is corruption still left in Lithuania.

“You must fight corruption, but you must not allow in European capitals to say that they are so corrupt we should not help Ukraine,” he suggested, and added that Ukraine shouldn’t only look at corruption from the view of law enforcement.

  1. Liberalizing conditions for businesses;
  2. Helping the new middle class in Ukraine to establish, and assisting reformers with decent salaries;
  3. and being more brave with land reform

are the things he suggested would assist Ukraine with eradicating corruption from the culture.

 

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  1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    Au contraire. Mr. Kubilius. Europe shold NOT help Dwarfstan to become a normal country at all! Best isolate it and ignore it completely. Let the Dwarfstanians wallow in their self-chosen swamp of apathy, lethargy and self-pity, let the country collapse and break up even. We don’t need Dwarfstan at all and nobody will shed a tear when it vanishes.

    If Europe does anything at all, it should be to hasten the collapse by boycoting Dwarfstan’s oil and gas and supporting separatist movements in Dwarfstan, e.g. Siberia. Since the dwarf loves separatists he can hardly complain.

    1. Avatar veth says:

      Ukraine got at last the visa-free travel to the EU starting this summer. And become part of Europe, the free world. In the meantime many attacks will occur by the Dwarfstanians and their bribed friends in Ukraine.

    2. Avatar veth says:

      Moscow is trying to replace Ukrainian and Crimea Tatars population on the peninsular with ethnic minorities from Siberia, Rada lawmaker Iryna Friz said, addressing a session of Ukraine-NATO antiparliamentary council in Kyiv Apr. 5, comments.ua reported.

      The Russian authorities are resettling Mordvas and Buryatias to Dzhankoi in Crimea, she said.

      The lawmaker referred to art. 49 of the Geneva Convention banning Russia to resettle civilians to the occupied territories. Читайте більше тут: http://zik.ua/en/news/2017/04/06/russia_resettling_ethnic_minorities_from_siberia_to_crimea_1074737

      1. Avatar Alex George says:

        True. It’s classic Stalinist policies – try to mix everyone up to make homo sovieticus throughout the land.

        It didn’t work through 70 years of soviet policy, nor for centuries of tsarist policy before that, so does Putin the poor man’s Stalin think he is going to succeed now?

        1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

          What’s more, these settlers will be evicted when the Crimea is returned to the Ukraine. Under no circumstances will Kyiv permit them to stay.

  2. Avatar veth says:

    Kuwait to buy Lviv-made Electron busses
    Investors from Kuwait want to buy electric busses made by the Electron plant in Lviv. In addition, they have plans to invest in recreational tourism and mineral spas projects in Truskavets, Lviv oblast.

    Economic cooperation was discussed Apr. 6 at a meeting of Lviv Governor Syniutka, Mykhailo Tytarchuk, Ukraiine’s deputy minister for economic development and trade, and J&N General Trading&Contracting Co. general director Sheikh Jacem As-Sabah.

    So far, the number of busses Kuwaitis wish to buy has not been disclosed.

    The Ukrainian partners also proposed such lucrative areas for investment as agriculture, hotel and tourist projects in the Carpathian mountains. Читайте більше тут: http://zik.ua/en/news/2017/04/06/kuwait_to_buy_lvivmade_electron_busses_1075163

  3. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    There will be no development in RuSSia until the Putinator goes and the Ruskiy scum get out of Ukraine and stop their phoney war. RuSSia is a corrupt mafia state with no political freedoms. It is a larger version of Uzbekistan.

  4. Avatar Alex George says:

    Wise words from the former Lithuanian PM.

    He nails it – Putin is afraid that Ukraine will become an example to his own people, that corruption can be fought and a new society forged.

    And that in turn means that Putin and his thugs serve no purpose.