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Subject: Ianukovych article
From:    "Stephen Velychenko" <velychen@chass.utoronto.ca>
Date:    Thu, October 5, 2006 4:26 pm
To:      letters@washpost.com
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Sir/Madam
Allow me to remind your readers that Europe is NOT the EU and that Mr.
Ianukovych avoided writing in his article that he supports "Ukrainian
membership in the EU." By saying Ukraine is pro -European he is
effectively saying nothing. Switzerland and RUssia are also "European."
The point is they are not in the EU whereas President Iushchenko has made
EU membership government policy. Ianukovych simply reveals that he is
firmly committed to his party's program and continues to ignore his
president's policy.

His analogy between Spanish-speaking Americans and RUssian speaking
Ukrainians is also superficial and far-fetched. The United States was
never ruled by Spain or Mexico for 200 years, and there never have been,
nor could there have been, among Spanish speakers a minority advocating
restoration of the US to the Spanish Empire. The problem of restoration,
however, is a problem today for Ukraine which was part of the RUssian
empire for over 200 years. The point is that a vociferous Russian-speaking
minority advocating renewed Russian rule over Ukraine compromises and
discredits the majority of Ukraine's RUssian-speakers who support their
country's newly won independence. The past actions of Mr. Ianukovych and
his party suggest he is closer to that minority than to the loyal
Russian-speakers he refers to.

thank you


___________________________________________
Stephen Velychenko
CERES Associate and
Research Fellow,Chair of Ukrainian Studies
Munk Center
University of Toronto
Devonshire Place
Toronto M53 3K7





___________________________________________
Stephen Velychenko
CERES Associate and
Research Fellow,Chair of Ukrainian Studies
Munk Center
University of Toronto
Devonshire Place
Toronto M53 3K7




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