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NATO - "an aggressive imperialist bloc"?

That, apparently is what 51.9% of Ukrainians think. Not that they were asked a question pre-supposing the answer 'yes', I am sure.

I discovered this from a report at Novosti on a demo by all of 1,000 people in the streets of Kiev, opposing NATO membership. They chanted the snappy 'NATO is slavery for Slavs', inter alia.

The organisers look to be Communists and members of the imaginatively named 'Party of Regions'. The latter is more a party of region, singular, given that its support looks to be entirely in the eastern, Russified, part of Ukraine. Said party has a website available in Russian and English, if not in the nation's official language.

I am not entirely sure that the English language site has been written by folk with any great fluency in my language, but it does have a certain surreal poetry:

"We will not allow the thousand year common history with Russia was destroyed by some beekeeper. That’s why NATO membership consequences will be worsening the relations with Russia".

Perhaps one of those leading the demo will do a Solana, and end up leading it.

Meanwhile, some 731 miles from Kiev as the Mig-29 flies, the Macedonians seem oblivious to the prospect of helotry under NATO, as Nikola Gruevski, Macedonian PM (and a chap, by the way) is all for taking his country into the organisation, joining fellow Slavs both next door and those nestled in the Carpathians and further north.

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Anonymous puzzled of nether wallop said... 5:03 pm

My pet stoat Algernon has indigestion.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:19 pm

PNW - sorry to hear that. Algernon must be a talented stoat that he can convey this information, or you must be quite the stoat whisperer to have worked this out.

Perhaps a vet will be able to prescribe something for your dyspepsic mustelid.  

Anonymous Nomad said... 6:41 am

Puzzled: Do try half a pound of tuppeny rice and half a pound of treacle. After ingesting same, my pet weasel invariably goes "pop" and that seem to clear the problem instantly.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:49 am

Genuine laugh out loud. Round of applause for Nomad.  

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