[Marxism] Ukrainian Democracy: A Barrier to Washington’s Goals » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 28 15:20:28 MST 2014

British and U.S. governmental studies reveal the Ukrainian public is 
ambivalent about European integration.  Britain’s Foreign and 
Commonwealth Office, for example, funded a “scoping study” through the 
British Embassy in Kyiv a year ago, titled “A blueprint for enhancing 
understanding of and support for the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement 
[AA] including DCFTA [Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area] in 
Ukraine.”  The AA was one of the key “sweeping political and trade 
agreements” Yanukovych refused to sign.  British officials, in their 
report, stressed that “support for the AA is not overwhelming amongst 
the population at large,” observing that “opinion polls show that about 
30% of respondents are in favour of European integration, 30% for the 
Customs Union [Moscow-led integration], and about 30% are undecided.” 
This bleak situation called for a propaganda offensive, or “a national 
public awareness ‘Campaign of Arguments,’” as the British dubbed it, 
which was to “be aimed at the general public as its primary target 


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