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Observador - Portugal | 18/09/2015

Poroshenko mistaking the real enemy

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has imposed sanctions against hundreds of individuals and legal entities including journalists owing to the conflict in the east of the country. Drawing up blacklists is surely not to best course if Ukraine wants to develop into a mature democracy and join the EU, the liberal online paper Observador criticises: "Instead of using journalists as scapegoats the government in Kiev should fight the real problems in the country, particularly corruption and economic misery. … Ukraine needs help to overcome the current political, economic and territorial problems. But it must also fulfil its obligations and respect the right to information and press freedom. If it doesn't, what is the difference between Poroshenko's policy and Vladimir Putin's regarding journalists?"

Observador - Portugal | 10/09/2015

West must choose between plague and cholera

Russia is no longer making a secret of its weapons deliveries to Damascus and this ups the pressure on the US and EU to reach a decision, the liberal online paper Observador comments: "For the US and the allies bringing down the Assad regime remains the top priority while the fight against the IS remains confined to rather unsuccessful airstrikes. Moscow hopes to reverse these priorities by increasing its military support for the Assad regime and forcing the West to choose between helping Assad stay in power and enabling a broad coalition against the IS or accepting that the situation in the Middle East gets even worse. ... Despite all the differences between Russia on the one hand and the US and EU on the other it seems that in this particular case the latter could act according to the maxim 'My enemy's enemy is my friend'."

Observador - Portugal | 01/05/2015

Russia's Night Wolves provoke EU

Sympathisers of the Russian bikers' club the Night Wolves crossed the German-Austrian border on Sunday. The club's members are still banned from entering the country. The online paper Observador understands why: "What was supposed to be a gesture of respect for the millions of fallen Soviet soldiers has quickly turned into another political provocation. … The leader of the bikers, Alexander Zaldostanov, who thanks to his support for the invasion of Crimea has become a Kremlin protégée, is celebrated as a hero. This makes it difficult for the Poles, the Czechs and the Slovaks to receive the Night Wolves with open arms. … In Russia, where the revision of history is a constant process, many Russians will believe such whitewashing lies but please don't force them on the Estonians, the Lithuanians, the Ukrainians or the Poles! Putin wants to normalise relations with the EU, but bikers certainly aren't the best means for doing that."

Observador - Portugal | 06/01/2015

Sanctions against Russia should stay in place

French President François Hollande called on Monday for the sanctions against Russia over the war in eastern Ukraine to be lifted as soon as "progress" is made in settling the crisis. This would be interpreted as weakness on the part of the EU, José Milhazes writes on the liberal web portal Observador: "I was always against the sanctions because once you have taken that path, the short-, medium- and long-term consequences must be weighed up very precisely. They were imposed to punish Russia for annexing Crimea, and should therefore be lifted only if Moscow gives indications of changing its course here - which has not happened yet. The 'flexibility' of certain EU politicians is already being presented in Moscow's propaganda as a sign of the triumph of Russian foreign policy and the weakness of the EU."

Blog Da Russia - Portugal | 01/05/2008

Hong Kong status as a solution?

José Milhazes proposes a solution to the conflict between Russia and Georgia: "The separatists have the support not only of Russia, but also of the majority of the population in both regions. But everyone knows there is also practically unanimous opposition to the loss of these regions in the country. ... This is one more puzzle in one of the most complex regions in Europe. ... What international law will hold sway there: the right to self-determination or the principle of border inviolability? This conflict has much in common with that in Kosovo, but there are two differences: Russia is much stronger than Serbia when it comes to defending the interests and security of its citizens. And Russians make up 80 percent of the population in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. On the other hand, Georgia has the support of NATO, which wants to avoid a war with Russia but is also keen not to lose face. In my humble opinion, the solution could be giving Abkhazia and South Ossetia a status like that of Hongkong and Macau in China.

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