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Experts: situation around rallies in Kiev lacks plan or readiness for dialogue

December 09, 2013, 14:33 UTC+3 KIEV

Political scientists believe the opposition lacks realistic victories

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KIEV, December 09. /ITAR-TASS/. The situation around rallies in central Kiev, where the Ukrainian opposition continues a protest, develops without whatever realistic plan and the sides are not prepared for a dialogue, experts say, adding the opposition’s leaders tend to change almost every hour their demands to the authorities, thus proving they do not have a clear idea what to do next.

“The opposition has announced an exaggerated demand to “reset fully the authorities” so that to receive at least some results during negotiations,” director of the center of political research and conflict science Mikhail Pogrebinsky said. “Opposition’s leaders see a scenario to re-format the government which would include their representatives as realistic.” But the government is formed by the president, and a “governmental coalition” is outside norms of the constitution, the expert said.

“The tents /put up in central Kiev/ prove the opposition lacks realistic victories,” head of the institute for Ukrainian policies Konstantin Bondarenko says. “It is not realistic to block work of the authorities. The authorities are not buildings. Both the president and the government may be working inside other buildings.” The confrontation in central Kiev, the expert continues, may last for quite a time. In 2005, the tents in the square remained there for a months after Viktor Yushchenko’s victory was announced.

“The opposition and the power have exchanged punches, but the situation still remains vague,” political expert Eugene Magda said. “At the same time there are no signs proving the confronting sides are ready to move towards each other. A dialogue has never begun, as nobody is interested in it.”

Most likely, Magda says, the political situation in the country “is at a preliminary stage,” where everybody seems to realize negotiations are necessary and inevitable, but “would like to approach them well-prepared.

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