The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 6 months ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Before , he also served for six years in the Canadian embassy in Moscow, including as deputy head of mission. For roughly as long as there have been democratic elections, there has been the threat and practice of foreign interference.
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What Do Russians Think of Ukrainians, and Vice Versa?
R elations between Russia and Ukraine can perhaps be best described as somewhere between a war and a cold war. Before , the Ukrainian government wanted a strategic partnership with Russia. In April of this year, the two countries entered their sixth year of what is now a smoldering conflict in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. Ukraine demands that the Kremlin return Crimea and the occupied areas of Donbas. But political analysts say Russia is not interested in ending the war. A new president in Ukraine could change a great deal. And the outcome remains difficult to predict, with polls indicating that the none of the three front-runners — the incumbent Petro Poroshenko, the political veteran Yulia Tymoshenko and the comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky — are on a clear path to victory. They know his strengths and weaknesses. Many Ukrainians feel that Poroshenko, 53, failed to live up to the promises he made when he became president in May to improve standards of living, ensure economic growth, strengthen rule of law and end the war.
Turns to Conflict
Until Russia's invasion of Ukraine in , the two countries maintained relations that at times were testy, but manageable. That changed in , when the Kremlin used military force to seize Crimea and then supported armed separatism in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. The end of the Soviet Union in left newly independent Ukraine with a number of difficult issues with Russia: 1 the fate of the Soviet nuclear weapons systems in Ukraine, 2 division of the Black Sea Fleet, 3 resolution of energy and other debts, and 4 Crimea, which had been transferred from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in With U. Kyiv and Moscow separately struck an arrangement on dividing the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, and Ukraine agreed to allow Russia to use ports and other facilities in Crimea for its warships, an agreement that was later extended to The sides resolved their differences over debts and, while they had occasional spats over energy, particularly natural gas contracts, they usually found a solution. As for Crimea, the only part of Ukraine with a majority population of ethnic Russians, tensions periodically arose.
President Trump and his allies nearly succeeded in consigning the Mueller report to oblivion. And Robert Mueller himself invited a certain measure of confusion by telling his story in dense, legalistic prose. Barely six months after he delivered the report, it had already faded into the mists of Trumpiana: post-Sean Spicer, pre-whistle-blower. The request was so plainly an abuse of Presidential power—Zelensky was awaiting delivery of military aid already approved by Congress—that Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, launched an investigation focussed on impeachment , to be led by Adam Schiff, the chair of the Intelligence Committee.