#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on Ukrainian financial black-out
Ukraine has been increasingly saying lately that the IMF will not resume lending. Is it really true? If you look at the dynamics of allocation of funds to Ukraine, then, indeed, it seems like the actions of the western curators regarding the financing of their Ukrainian protégés are going to reach their logical conclusion, to put it simply, they are being cut from ‘feeding trough’.
The European Union did not transfer €600 million to Kiev in early 2018 due to the failure of Ukrainian authorities to comply with four of the 21 conditions for providing economic assistance. It was stated by the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli. There is a very specific requirement every time such rejections occur. Now the creation of an anti-corruption court has become the subject of general conversation. By the way, US Secretary of State John Kerry noted the absurdity of the ‘anti-corruption court’ concept in one of the roundtables. In his opinion, every court should be an anti-corruption one, and it turns out that the government officially confirms by creating such a special court that there are corrupt courts.
Then, there were threats coming from the World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine Satu Kahkonen, who demanded a revision of the provisions of the anti-corruption court draft law and its compliance with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. Otherwise, €800 million will not be allocated to Ukraine, despite the fact that the World Bank has provided assistance to Ukraine in the amount of more than $5.5 billion since 2014, not including the provision of a renewable financial guarantee for the purchase of gas for winter. That is, even the most reliable partners in the eyes of Kiev began to blackmail the regime of Poroshenko.
Perhaps, the West thinks of changing Ukrainian ‘gauleiters’, because the current ones are getting old with their corruption scandals and appetites. And considering that, according to the polls of the Ukrainian Fund called “Democratic initiatives” and the sociological service of the Razumkov’s Centre, 66.7% of the Ukrainians believe that Ukraine needs new political leaders, but 81.8% of respondents do not see them among the present ones, the Western curators can seriously consider the model of direct external management of a country in which the political elite is not needed.
It should be noted that, for instance, there are no problems with allocation of financial aid to Greece, which has long been experiencing economic difficulties. Another tranche for the amount of €6.7 billion will be provided. As you can see, the sums are much higher and it is less controversial, despite the fact that the population and the area of Greece are several times smaller than the Ukrainian ones.
Thus, Ukraine has not succeeded in establishing equal relations with the EU countries, no matter what Kyiv high-ranking yellers state in the Ukrainian press. In the meantime, according to the latest data of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, every citizen, including infants, already owns the IMF $284.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy