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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Is Ukraine Next on Obama’s Quid-Pro-Kremlin List?

There appears to be a bargaining process going on between Washington and Moscow, and Ukraine may very well be one of the bargaining chips.

In 1998, Ukraine could have supplied the turbines for the Iranian power plant in Bushehr, but dropped out of the deal after Washington's sticks-and-carrots diplomacy.

Naturally, Russia got Ukraine’s contract and Ukraine got no carrots.

But there’s still a lot of stuff in Ukraine that Iran might be interested in. All it takes to push the reset button is a little war in "Little Russia."

Will Washington take its chances and trade friends for favors?

Is the Obama-Clinton administration listening?


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