Topic: Ukrainian political turmoil
The last of the five judges, Petro Stetsyuk of the pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc, was elected in a repeat vote.
"If we can successfully form a Constitutional Court, we can be certain of a positive outcome in voting on the Cabinet," Our Ukraine member Anatoliy Kinakh said.
According to the agenda of today's Supreme Rada session, deputies still have to vote on Viktor Yanukovych's candidacy for prime minister, swear in the Constitutional Court judges, and form a new Cabinet.
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The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.