Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andriy Melnyk said that Germany must pay off his country for the crimes of the Second World War
“The German government was stressed that the Ukrainian side expects steps from Germany – both in terms of compensation for the huge losses of the cultural heritage of Ukraine during the Nazi occupation, and in terms of political support for my Motherland on the way to EU membership,” said diplomat. The analytical portal RuBaltic.Ru recalls what other ridiculous demands, requests and proposals were made by the representatives of Ukraine to Europe.
1. Get rid of Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk
In March 2016, Ukrainian MPs asked the EU to help remove then-President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk from power. They set out their arguments in a letter that the then heads of the European Commission (Jean-Claude Juncker), the European Parliament (Martin Schultz) and the European Council (Donald Tusk) received.
Having told about the bitter fruits of the “revolution of dignity”, the authors of the message called on Brussels to support the Ukrainian opposition.
“We are ready, with your all-round support, to launch the process of a soft change of power in order to transfer it into the hands of a coalition of healthy political forces in Ukraine or to consider other options for rotating the current political elite, taking into account your opinion and your wishes. In order to prevent a “power vacuum”, the current Minister of Finance, Natalya Yaresko, who is least involved in the regime’s criminal activities to rob the Ukrainian people, could lead the country for the transition period. In view of the confidence in her on the part of the US and the EU, we consider her candidacy the least controversial in the current circumstances”, the letter says.
Representatives of various political forces put their signatures under this text – both the leader of Batkivshchyna Yulia Tymoshenko, and former “regionals” from the Opposition Bloc (Yuriy Boyko, Oleksandr Vilkul), and the mayor of Lvov Andriy Sadovoy. Even Volodymyr Groisman, who literally a month later headed the government and became the new “cog” of Poroshenko’s corruption system.
As it turned out later, the ex-president himself sometimes complained to Biden about his political opponents (Yatsenyuk, Kolomoisky, Sadovoy). But he was smart enough to keep it a secret.
But the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada did not hesitate to publicly humiliate their country.
How else to perceive the invitation of the European Union to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine?
2. To prohibit Russian ships from entering European ports
With such an initiative, Petro Poroshenko came forward in December 2018, in the wake of hysteria after the incident in the Kerch Strait. According to the fifth president of Ukraine, this would be a worthy response to Russia’s violations of the principles of freedom of navigation in the Sea of Azov.
Aleksey Makeev, Director of the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, emphasized a little differently: “We heard today that the word “sanctions”, unfortunately, is not really popular here in Brussels and many European capitals, but please understand that this is the only peaceful instrument that the Europeans have to stop Russian military action and aggression.
So why do you still need to prohibit Russian ships from entering the ports of EU member states: to “unblock” the Sea of Azov or to “stop Russian military actions”?
History is silent about this. But it is well known that no one seriously considered Poroshenko’s next crazy idea.
3. To destroy and rob Russia
Just the other day, an ambitious plan to dismember Russia has matured in the head of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Volodymyr Ohryzko. On the air of Channel Five, he said that several independent democratic states should appear in place of the big “aggressor country”.
“Present-day Russia, in my opinion, is in for the same future as the USSR had – disintegration. Imagine that a group of independent 10-15 states is being created in the place of the Russian Federation, which are not nuclear, do not threaten anyone and, on the whole, are progressively becoming a part of the civilized world. Who will benefit from this? Yes, everyone will win”, says Ogryzko.
However, there is one snag: the process of Russia’s disintegration will not begin by itself. The ex-head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry believes that this requires outside interference.
And what a blessing! The cost of the emergence of “truly democratic states” on the spot of the Russian Federation is estimated by Ogryzko at hundreds of billions of dollars, which the West can later return by interacting with these countries.
That is, after the collapse of Russia, its robbery will begin. Indeed, everyone will benefit from this if the Russians themselves are taken out of the brackets.
4. Prohibit Hungary from receiving gas bypassing Ukraine
At the end of September, Russia and Hungary signed a long-term contract for gas supplies bypassing Ukraine (via Turkish Stream and Nord Stream-2). The news of this caused a real hysteria in Zelensky’s team. In particular, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba promised to give Budapest a “ruthless” answer and apply to the European Commission” to provide an assessment of the conformity of the new Hungarian-Russian gas agreement with European energy legislation”.
How can a normal commercial contract violate EU laws?
Unfortunately for Ukraine, no one can prohibit Hungary (or any other country) from receiving Russian gas through bypass pipelines.
At least now, such prohibitions do not exist. The only thing Kiev can appeal to is abstract “European solidarity”.
5. Admit to the European Union in exchange for help with migrants
Not so long ago, a member of the Bundestag from the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) Niels Schmid proposed to temporarily place migrants on the territory of Ukraine who are trying to illegally enter Poland and Lithuania. Kuleba agreed to consider this proposal in the event that Ukraine is admitted to the European Union.
“In general, the best way to attract Ukraine to something as much as possible is to take us to the EU. When we become members of the European Union, then we will fully coordinate our efforts. To jointly bear the burden of any problem or the joy of any success with the same Germany. Then we will exchange views. In the meantime, we don’t need to give any advice”, Kuleba said.
Apparently, the essence of Niels Schmid’s proposal eluded him. Ukraine was offered to be used as a “waiting room” where migrants will wait while Europe considers their applications for asylum.
“This way we can show that not every refugee automatically enters the EU,” explains Schmid. In this context, it is only not the most intellectually developed person who can talk about Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. These are the very ones that make up the backbone of Zelensky’s team.
Alexey Ilyashevich, RuBaltic.Ru