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Ukrainian politics remain in flux

February 26th, 2014
01:32 PM ET

While the world waits to see how the political uncertainty in Ukraine will play out, Becky spoke with Ian Bremmer about the possible outcomes.  Bremmer is the President of Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy.

Becky asked Bremmer about the ongoing influence of Russia in determining Ukraine's future.  He said it remains strong, despite the recent ouster of Kremlin-friendly leader Viktor Yanukovych.

"You and I are talking about Ukraine today," Bremmer said.  "In six months, we won't be, but the Russians will still be there and their ability to close this place down to everybody but Russia is pretty significant."

With unrest festering in eastern regions of Ukraine, Becky and Bremmer also discussed the possibility of separation within the country.  He said it's not very plausible in the near term, but could be a concern in the medium term – especially as international actors are likely to grow weary of Ukraine's new leadership.

"There's a reason why the Europeans and the Americans didn't bother to give these guys any money until after a hundred Ukrainians were dead," Bremmer said.  "And it's because they were saying 'we don't want to work with these folks, they're not going to reform, they're not going to engage.'  That doesn't change miraculously just because they've been in the news for a week."


Filed under:  Analysis • Becky's Interviews • Economy • Europe • London • Ukraine • Video
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