Monday, March 22, 2010

Yanukovych could lead Ukraine to West

Like Nixon and China. Analyst thinks hard-line leader is well-suited to create detente

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whose February election was greeted with deep skepticism by western observers and Canada's 1.2 million-strong diaspora, could end up bringing his country much closer to the West, according to a European political analyst and historian.

Yanukovych, known as ideologically rigid, socially awkward and politically corrupt, could end up emulating the policy breakthroughs of a politician who shared the same three characteristics - the late U.S. president Richard Nixon.

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Source: Montreal Gazette

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