World Is Developing Ukraine Fatigue, Say Estonian Journalists (3)

From left to right: Kaarel Kaas, Eerik-Niiles Kross, Astrid Kannel and Krister Paris (ERR)
5/28/2014 4:30 PM
Category: Politics

Speaking on the season finale of ETV's hour-long “Vabariigi Kodanikud” (Citizens of the Republic) current affairs program, Estonian journalists and security experts said the western world and even Ukrainians themselves are losing interest in the conflict, which may play into Moscow's hands.

Security expert and politician Eerik-Niiles Kross said the West is living in hope of falling back to the comfortable routine of before, adding that direct danger to Estonia has not increased, what has changed is NATO's perception to the danger, which is good for Estonia.

Delfi's Krister Paris and ETV's Astrid Kannel both said western and eastern Ukraine are like two different planets, with the western part of the country believing the peak of the crisis has passed and Ukraine has won, having fended off a Russian invasion.

“The war is over for people living in the western parts of the country. They do not want to think about it any more. One end of Ukraine is not interested in what is going on in the other,” Kannel said.

Kross said Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal is not war, but a change of power in Kyiv, with the current low-level war aimed at tiring the government out.

Head of Diplomaatia magazine, Kaarel Kaas, said the conflict is escalating currently, as more Russian troops are crossing the border, but local support for Russia is lower in the eastern regions than Putin had expected.

“Most of eastern Ukraine's residents do not look fondly towards central powers in Kyiv, but that does not mean they want to pull away from Ukraine,” Kaas said.

Speaking about the new president, Kannel said Petro Poroshenko is another politician without a history in politics and people do not know how well he will turn out. In picking an oligarch to lead the nation, Ukraine seems to have come full circle after Viktor Yanukovych.

Kross also said he is not happy that Poroshenko was voted in, adding that he could end up like Yanukovych, signing cheap gas deals with Russia and postponing European integration until a new revolution.


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