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Diplomatic mistakes: Ukraine could not defend its European perspective and was dragged into election scandal

Author : Bohdan Yaremenko

18:37, 17 July 2017
Diplomatic mistakes: Ukraine could not defend its European perspective and was dragged into election scandal

Author : Bohdan Yaremenko

The mistake of the Ukrainian authorities is obvious: it was impossible to let the country be dragged into foreign elections. It was impossible to do so in a straightforward manner. But the artificiality of the current campaign in the US is also obvious. It's not because of Ukraine. The fact is that Trump’s team, having shaken hands Ukrainian president and the foreign minister in the White House, simply uses our state, trying to use the topic of Ukrainian influences to extinguish the latest embarrassment - the leakage of information about the contacts of Donald Trump's son with the representatives of the Russian Federation

18:37, 17 July 2017

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Two diplomatic scandals Ukraine is facing these days are the result of the lack of system, lack of initiative and unprofessional actions in the sphere of foreign policy.

And, unfortunately, the situation with the EU's unpreparedness to recognize the European perspective of Ukraine in any form, and the artificial influx of information waves around the topic of Ukraine's interference in the presidential elections in the US evidence that, having received the "reign of subjectness" as a result of the Dignity Revolution, Ukrainian political power in the face of the President gathered international applause and again lowered the state to the level of the complete loss of subjectivity loss.

Last year, even some experts, who now show feigned surprise and indignation, were arguing with my conclusion that the decision of the EU Council (in favor of the Netherlands) that the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine would not have Ukraine's accession in the EU as a consequence, is a serious defeat that detracts the European perspective of Ukraine.

They tried to argue that in the text there is nothing about the prospects of membership, that this prospect is always with us. I convinced them that in any document there is text and context. And the context was clearly not in favor of Ukraine. I think that after the categorical refusal of the Netherlands to include any mention of Ukraine's European perspective to the final document of the Ukraine-EU summit, everyone was convinced in what will be the context of Ukraine's relations with the EU in the near future. And how the EU perceives its "additional" solutions.

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Anв frankly, nowadays Ukraine does not have arguments to change the attitude of the Netherlands and other EU countries. But it was necessary to fight for the wording of last year. It was necessary to go to the demonstration of discontent and say in public on categorical disagreement and rejection of unilateral decisions of the EU concerning Ukraine.

But if everything suited us last year, why does it surprise us that this year the position of the EU has remained unchanged? It's not the EU anymore, but Ukraine looks strange: last year we were pleased with the EU decision, which in fact meant a denial of the European perspective, and today, when the EU position is formed in full compliance with that document, are we dissatisfied with something?

Inability to calculate the next step is also the reason of frankly speculative promotion of the topic of Ukrainian interference in the American elections.

There, all was decided without us too. First they told us how to become a pawn in the election campaign in favor of Clinton. And this year - to state that we do not have any proofs of the Manafort case and we love Trump more than once Lenin-Stalin.

The mistake of the Ukrainian authorities is obvious: it was impossible to let the country be dragged into foreign elections. It was impossible to do so in a straightforward manner. But the artificiality of the current campaign in the US is also obvious. It's not because of Ukraine. The fact is that Trump’s team, having shaken hands Ukrainian president and the foreign minister in the White House, simply uses our state, trying to use the topic of Ukrainian influences to extinguish the latest embarrassment - the leakage of information about the contacts of Donald Trump's son with the representatives of the Russian Federation. Nothing personal, so to speak.

And it does not matter that the very clumsy actions of Ukraine cannot be compared to Russian interference in the American elections. Ukrainian actions took place exclusively on Ukrainian territory. And evidence of the coordinated actions of the Democratic Party and the Ukrainian authorities against Paul Manafort exist only in the form of questionable statements of one former Ukrainian diplomat (I could not get an explanation from my colleague about the reasons of such statements). It’s not the point. There will be no political or legal consequences for Ukraine. There will be only regular image losses. Due to the stupidity of the Ukrainian authorities, we will be used and then thrown away in the information sphere.

But this was not difficult to avoid.

It's easy, if you play reasonably. And also if you do not try to make a small political PR profit around the strategic interests of the state.

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