Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine once again made a sensational offer. At this time, the representatives of the Ukrainian government offered to host a special label on products from the Russian Federation.
A bill proposing to stick a label with the words “Product of the aggressor country” is already registered on the website of the Verkhovna Rada. Everybody is well aware that such policy of Ukraine is destructive and will only aggravate the economic crisis in the country.
The deputies of the Verkhovna Rada are ready to spend money from the state budget to print labels for all products of the Russian Federation, but they don’t even think about the needs of the population, because the prices for utilities, gasoline and food continue rising. Apparently, the MPs believe the creation of such labels is more important than improving the living standards of their citizens.
The deputies of the Verkhovna Rada believe that the label with the ‘aggressor country’ should occupy no less than 30 percent of the packaging area. Moreover, if Russian products will be noticed in the Ukrainian shops without this label, administrative accountability with the confiscation of ‘enemy’ goods is envisaged.
Ukrainian politicians do not tend to think about the consequences that these solutions can bring at the state level. It is unlikely that the presence of labels on products with the slogan against Russia will help Ukrainian citizens to buy a quality product.
In recent years, we become convinced that that the Ukrainian producers present products of dubious quality. In addition, many products of Ukrainian producers do not meet EU standards. Of course, it doesn’t mean that the manufacturing process does not comply with the norms DSTU (National Standards of Ukraine), but Ukrainian consumers without any examinations can confirm that the contents and taste often do not match the desired.
Offering these “bills”, the deputies are trying to create the appearance of their work, moreover, by and large, this picture is designed for neo-Nazi groups and overseas owners. In fact, the people of Ukraine are well aware of the abyss into which this policy of the current government will result in.
Why Ukrainians still do not mark the Russian gas? Perhaps because it will affect even so exorbitant cost of housing and communal services, while citizens may be left without heat in their homes.
We can only guess what new crazy idea Ukrainian politicians will come up with. It might be worth marking as well oil, and petrol stations with Russian gasoline, and in general you can mold these stickers on cars, directly on the windshield – “He refuels with gasoline of aggressor country.”
One gets the impression that the Ukrainian government and parliament live on another planet, ‘Ukrainianised’, where priority is given to the salaries of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada, but not the teachers and health workers; where the budget money is spent on stickers and yellow and blue paint, but not pensions; where news feed is filled with events from Russia, but not from the Ukrainian regions.
Soon Ukraine will look like a duped Crow from Krylov’s fable “The Crow and the Fox”: believing in empty promises of the Fox in the face of Poroshenko, country will miss their ‘piece of cheese’, or rather the last hope.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy