President Poroshenko of Ukraine is under pressure from Chancellor Merkel of Germany to enhance moral and political integrity of the new Ukraine. Merkel has been pushing Poroshenko to observe the Minsk agreement irrespective of whether President Putin respects it or not. George Soros asserts that one of the goals of the winning strategy is ensuring that Ukraine achieves military and political stability.
According to Soros, friends of Ukraine ought to chip in and undertake different initiatives in Ukraine. These initiatives should be aimed at enabling the country to implement broad political and economic reforms as well as ensuring that the country flourishes irrespective of the opposition advanced by President Putin. George Soros Ukraine posits that this strategy will necessitate a significant portion of European Union’s budget. However, Soros asserts that there is need to reconcile between the two winning strategies of keeping the military conflicts at bay and provision of financial support to Ukraine. Without reconciliation, there is the likelihood of interference with each other. The initial strategy suggested that allies of Ukraine look at every possible way to help Ukraine in addition to extending sanctions on Russia. However, the EU failed to meet the deadline. There is great hope that through the Minsk agreement, Russia will be rewarded for abiding by the same besides saving face from its conflict with Ukraine.
Soros contends that renewed pressure on the economy of Russia has been enhanced by the weakening oil prices. Soros notes that Russia’s oil production has been declining year over year. Both the quality and quantity of the Russia’s oil have declined. This situation means that Russia is feeling the effects of the sanctions because it lacks spare parts to enhance the depleting oil fields. Soros argues that Putin has the option of compensating his cronies from financial losses by giving them power to take over the properties of oligarchs presumed to be less reliable. However, the best way through which Putin can arrest the decline in oil is by ensuring that the western sanctions are lifted.
A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine
Soros posits that the Russian aggression and a new Ukraine are historic events. The European Union is facing a resurging Russia that has ceased being a strategic partner and is now a strategic rival. President Putin has been replacing communism through enhancing a nationalist ideology through augmenting social conservatism, ethnic grounds and religious faith. To this end, he has been using homophobia, unity of Slavic race and holy Russia respectively. In his war with Georgia, Putin won the war but failed to use propaganda in an effective manner. Putin’s new strategy uses both propaganda and Special Forces.
Soros notes that Putin’s resolve to re-establish a Russian empire has inadvertently aided in creating a new Ukraine that is focused on becoming the opposite of the old Ukraine and opposing Russia’s aggression. The new Ukraine has seen many young people volunteer in undertaking different initiatives. These young students have studied abroad. Since they know that the government has corrupt officials, the young people have opted to join nongovernmental organizations, think tanks and academic institutions.