On March 18, Russian voters were not allowed to polling stations in Ukraine during presidential elections in the Russian Federation, legislatively breaking off economic relations with the Russian Federation a few days later and introducing requirements for its citizens to report about visiting the country beforehand. What do these stepped-up attacks against Russia mean that boomerangs back onto Ukraine itself?
Even the UN had to respond quickly, making a statement on glaring violation of international law by Ukraine, in particular, violation of the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations, as well as the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950.
Kiev purposefully embarks on steps towards breaking off relations with Russia. First of all, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine voted for the termination of the Economic Cooperation Programme with Russia for 2011-2020, which was signed by Yanukovich and Medvedev at the time. Second of all, Poroshenko signed a decree, under which the decision of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine on “On urgent measures to neutralize threats to national security in the sphere of migration policy” came into effect, and the citizens of Russia would have to report about visiting Ukraine beforehand due to this document.
It should be reminded that Russia became Ukraine’s largest trading partner in 2017. Thus, Russian exports increased by 140% compared to 2016, that is, by 7 billion dollars, and Ukrainian exports, in their turn, increased by 110%, reaching almost 4 billion dollars.
We also mention another fact. According to the reports of Ukrainian media, the Ukrainians preferred to go to work in Russia in 2017.
Therefore, we see still growing dissonance between the official statements of Kiev and reality. Breaking off the economic cooperation agreement, Ukraine continues trading with Russia. It calls its neighbour an “aggressor country”, but that is where Ukrainians go to work. Apparently, western “partners” stand behind the last political decisions of Ukraine and Ukraine itself does not want to lose the Russian market, because, as it turned out, no one wants Ukraine on the European market. Does anyone even care about its desires? There is a completely different game, where Ukraine is just a bargaining chip.
Elena Melnick, the DPR People’s Council deputy