Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ukraine ruling coalition collapses

Ukraine's ruling coalition collapsed in the face of a political standoff over joining the NATO alliance.

President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of the Orange coalition split over what approach should be taken in relations with Russia. The former favors a hard line confrontational stance while the latter wants diplomacy with Moscow, one of Ukraine's most important trading partners.

Yushchenko has accused Tymoshenko of collaborating with Moscow, and said the latter has been supporting a separatist movement in the Crimea.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko delivers a speech during a press conference on September 8 in Kiev. Ukraine's governing coalition collapsed on Tuesday in a crisis that threatens to knock the ex-Soviet country of 47 million people off its pro-Western course and back into Moscow's orbit.(AFP/File/Sergei Supinsky)

Wall Street Journal

Ukraine's Ruling Coalition Collapses
Wall Street Journal - 1 hour ago
By ANDREW OSBORN MOSCOW -- Ukraine's pro-Western coalition government formally collapsed, deepening a political crisis that has clouded the country's prospects of joining the NATO military alliance.
Ukraine: Orange Coalition Falls New York Times
Ukraine faces poll as coalition falls Financial Times

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