Saakashvili: Ukraine faced crisis of failed reforms

Author : Mikheil Saakashvili

Source : 112 Ukraine

International factors are not in Ukraine's favor as it has not fulfill the expectations
10:11, 18 September 2016

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I have the impression that some European politicians want to "dump" Ukraine. The reason for it is not just the fact that "Russia does not fulfill its commitments, therefore, we are tired of Ukraine." We have another way, we have the other interests, we are interested in doing common things together with Russia and Ukraine must not interfere. So let us find some reason why it is necessary to leave Ukraine alone in this situation.

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I want to say that, firstly, Ukrainian authorities have no enough space for maneuvers. Ukrainian society does not accept any agreement that does not correspond to what is happening to the country. Secondly, I am concerned that some European politicians presume themselves to speak with us in a tone like “you have not fulfilled this and that, so now you must listen to us in other areas, and do everything we say.”

If Ukraine had implemented real reforms, if Ukraine had become the leader of this reform process, we could have demonstrated our success today. And it would be very difficult to talk to us in such a tone.

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But we have a crisis of unfulfilled expectations instead. We have a crisis of failed reforms. And so the international factors are not in our favor.

Now Ukraine has no arguments, and we do not have a “magic” card in out pocket, so it is easy to get us to do some things. Therefore, I put hopes not only upon the President of Ukraine and his pragmatism, but also upon the pressure from the society, it is impossible to make any moves that may harm our interests.

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