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Do these regions have the means to enforce these resolutions in any meaningful way, or are they just posturing?
IMH(but educated)O, the biggest part of this is in reality pre-coalition posturing. The president's party, according to many sources, was ready to establish an "orange-blue" coalition, which would have incorporated Party of Regions (actual winner of the elections) into power in a meaningful way. It is said the plans were shelved at the US insistence. Therefore, the Party of Regions is trying to show to the president that marginalizing it would be painful: All of the regions which declared Russian the regional languages, plus Crimea, got Party of Regions as the dominant force in regional legislatures.

I guess that if PoR gets into the coalition, next year's NATO-Ukraine military games will happen quietly and nicely, as they did previously. Russian as a regional language might be the "fact on the ground" which would be hard to uproot de-facto, but equally impossible to make legal.

by Sargon on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 09:09:08 AM EST
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Thanks! This old comment of yours makes more sense now.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 09:25:08 AM EST
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