Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the United States’ ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, and Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev descended on Odesa in separate visits (July 2–July 8), to confer with Governor Mikheil Saakashvili there. Georgia’s former president aims to turn this undeveloped province of Ukraine into a showcase for reforms, emulating Georgia’s transformation during the Saakashvili presidency. As the new governor points out at every stop on his get-acquainted trips, the development potential of this province is impressive but has been stifled by the central government’s neglect and local “elite’s” misrule.
The challenges here largely resemble those of Georgia from a decade …read more
Source: The Jamestown Foundation