17:22 24.07.2013

No economic agreements be achieved during Putin's visit to Ukraine, say experts

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Ukrainian experts have predicted that no economic agreements will be achieved during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Ukraine on July 27-28, on the occasion of the 1,025th anniversary of Christianization of the Kyivan Rus.

According to Director of the Ukrainian Policy Institute Kostiantyn Bondarenko, the visits of foreign guests to Ukraine to participate in these events will be significant, in particular, because they will be held during the year in which Ukraine hopes to sign an Association Agreement with the EU.

"The occasion itself, the 1,025th anniversary of the Christianization of the Kyivan Rus, could be considered as an additional possibility for the presidents of Ukraine and Russia to talk informally about the possibility of suspending the process of signing the Association Agreement," the expert said during a meeting of the club of political scientists in Kyiv on Wednesday.

He said that during the bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Vladimir Putin could make definite proposals on energy issues, but that there will be no public announcement or the reaching of any agreements.

Director of the Kyiv Center for Political and Conflict Studies Mykhailo Pohrebynsky, in turn, said that according to his information, representatives of the economic segment of the Russian government won't accompany the Russian president during the visit to Ukraine.

That's why, no issues that are strategically important for Ukraine will be discussed during the meetings, he said.

"In fact, there will be no economic issues discussed, because he [Putin] doesn't discuss gas issues without Miller [Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller]. Even if you think Putin knows everything by himself, still Miller has to be near to explain some positions," the expert said.

Head of Gardarika Strategic Consulting Corporation Kostiantyn Matviyenko said that celebration of such dates at the inter-state level is an attempt to use the church "as the original donor of power legitimacy."

He said that in the frames of such events the level of the public support and trust of the citizens in the church could be applied to the authorities.

"Church decorations will be attempted to be used for this purpose," the political expert added.

According to him, celebration of the anniversary of the Christianization of the Kyivan Rus will also show which problems exist in Ukrainian-Russian inter-church relations, and the scheduled events will not favor the consolidation of society either on European or Russian vectors of the foreign policy.

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