Monday, September 01, 2014


Ukraine Has No Love For Dmitry Medvedev

"Next time, Dmitry, call first."
"Next time, Dmitry, call first."
Poor Dmitry Medvedev gets no respect.
Not long ago, he was president of a nuclear-armed world power. Now, he can't even get clearance for his plane to land in a provincial Ukrainian city to watch a soccer match.
The Russian prime minister was in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on June 27 for an official visit. In the evening, he planned to fly to the eastern city of Donetsk to watch a semifinal of the Euro 2012 soccer championship between Spain and Portugal.
But the authorities in Donetsk would not give Medvedev's plane clearance to land, citing security concerns.
"It was not the best time to receive the delegation, which would require special safety measures," Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov, who is overseeing the tournament, told the Ekho Moskvy radio station.
Kolesnikov noted that the Donetsk airport received more than 150 flights on June 27 and called it an "adequate solution" to send Medvedev's plane back to Kyiv.
He added that special arrangements could have been made if the Russian national team were playing in the semifinal. Russia was eliminated from the tournament in the group stage after a 1-0 loss to Greece on June 16.
Medvedev reacted affably -- at least in public -- to the embarrassing incident, joking that the Russian team ruined his plans to view the semifinal, according to the daily "Moskovsky komsomolets."

Tags: Euro 2012

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by: Erik from: Dacha
June 28, 2012 16:27
Typo -
"The Russian prime minister was in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on July 27". July???
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by: Moderator from: Prague
June 28, 2012 16:57
Error fixed. Thanks.
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by: bob from: australia
June 29, 2012 00:19
poor little bear-let him take his gas back to russia

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 29, 2012 15:28
Décidément, this section of the web-site fails to galvanize the readership time and again: only three comments on this "interesting negative" story on Russia. And out of the three, one is saying that this is actually June and not July now, and the second one is from the moderator who kind of agrees with the first...
I mean, there is so much talk of austerity and necessity to save money on all sorts of unnecessary things financed from public money here in Europe currently! When this austerity reaches the RFE/RL, I know already now who will be the first one to be fired :-)).
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by: Frank
July 01, 2012 13:24
This type of trivial BS is preferred by RFE/RL, openDemocracy and, with JRL slanting more in their direction, over some more pertinent commentary

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