Unrest In Ukraine

Unrest In Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry expressed disgust that Ukrainian authorities are using riot police and bulldozers to quell protests in Kiev. Guest host Susan Page and her guests discuss the latest on unrest in the former Soviet republic and prospects for economic ties with the European Union.

It appears Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovich may have had a change of heart. He has reportedly told the European Union’s foreign policy chief he “intends to sign” a trade deal with the E.U. that he rejected just last month. The news comes after the U.S. says it was "disgusted" by government crackdowns on protesters in Kiev and that it is considering sanctions against the former Soviet republic. Ukraine is heading for default in early 2014 without financial assistance, and an agreement with the West could bring in fresh investment with E.U. nations. But Yanukovich also faces pressure from Russia, which controls the flow of cheap natural gas into the republic. Guest host Susan Page and her guests discuss the unrest in Ukraine.

Guests

David Herszenhorn

correspondent, The New York Times reporting from Kiev, Ukraine.

Anders Aslund

senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics. He examines the economies of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe.

Andrei Sitov

Washington bureau chief, Itar-Tass news agency of Russia

Steve Pifer

senior fellow, Brookings Institution. He served as U. S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000 in the Clinton administration.

Roman Popadiuk

served as the first U. S. Ambassador to Ukraine under George H.W. Bush from 1992 to 1993

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