Ukrainian interest. Anniversaries with follow-up, revival of cooperation, and Lukashenko in Kyiv
Both the anniversary of the MH17 crash and the jubilee of the formal end of the conflict in Transnistria saw certain follow-ups this week . Ukraine and Georgia intend to boost cooperation, having declared strategic partnership. Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Kyiv did not go without incidents. Zakharchenko’s desire to establish "Malorossiya" looks both intoxicated chatter and part of the Kremlin's plan. Poland is looking into analogies between the current protests in Warsaw and the Ukrainian Maidan.
Week’s balance: IMF allows postponement of land reform, prime minister finds hub for low cost air carriers, Ukraine boosts trade
The EU Council has approved trade preferences for Ukraine. The IMF gave Kyiv a respite for land reform. The Cabinet reported on its work in the first half of the year. The prime minister instructs to equip the Hostomel Airport to receive aircraft of low-cost carriers. These are the main economic news of the outgoing week.
MH17 crash: Сhronicles of Russian lies
Three years ago, on Thursday, July 17, came the day that changed the attitude of Europe toward Russian aggression in Ukraine, from "we are concerned but the conflict has nothing to do with us" to "we are outraged, and the guilty will be punished." Today, in 2017, the punishment already seems inevitable.
Ukrainian interest. Tillerson's debut, Stoltenberg's optimism, and Ukraine-EU Summit
Rex Tillerson became the first high-ranking official from Donald Trump administration to visit Ukraine. Kurt Volker shaped his idea of Ukraine through a series of meetings in Kyiv. Jens Stoltenberg stressed that NATO's doors remain open to Ukraine. The Ukraine-EU summit was held without a final declaration. Russia showed its unscrupulousness to long-time partners from Siemens.
Week’s balance: EU completes ratification of Ukraine Association deal, Rada amends state budget before going on vacation
The Council of the European Union has approved the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. Ukrainian legislators passed a number of bills before leaving for summer vacation, supporting the Cabinet's proposal to increase revenues and expenditures of the state budget. The Boryspil Airport has at first said goodbye to, but then resumed negotiations with Ryanair. The hryvnia continued to strengthen. These are the main economic news of the outgoing week.