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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rasmussen will distract attention from the offshore Poroshenko

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has cherished another European retiree. On Friday evening he had signed a decree on the appointment of former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, his adviser on security This is not the first “foreign expert” designed the head of Ukraine’s mentors.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

The former head of NATO has said that it aims to promote safety and the implementation of reforms in Ukraine and strengthening of its relations with the EU”. Previously this mission under the President performed the ex-foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, who for some time was listed as an adviser to Poroshenko, but then disappeared, making in this field only one statement about the Russian aggression in the Donbas. This is its mission. Apparently, it was done. For a long time the duties of the “European adviser” Poroshenko was performed by Mikheil Saakashvili, who then jumped into the Governor’s chair, but reserved the right to give the President good counsel. “Tips” Saakashvili, however, have caused several political scandals, and he has evolved from a “European Explorer” once the Ukrainian problem. Memorable as the scandal with the approved advisers without his knowledge by us Senator John McCain. The politician mentioned that he would be glad to help Square their advice, and then and there signed the Decree Poroshenko about his appointment as a member of the Advisory international Council of reforms under the President of Ukraine. But McCain took it back, saying that it “is at odds with the rules of the Senate.

After that Petro Poroshenko and began to entice only politicians left out in the cold. Prior to the appointment of Rasmussen in the camp of advisers to the President and government of Ukraine there were two foreign expert” – a former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Leszek Balcerowicz, former Minister of Finance of Slovakia Ivan Miklos, who are the co-chairs of the Ukrainian group of strategic advisors to support reform. Their destination they received only a month ago, because no reform of the Ukrainian action on the field is not yet at hand. It would be logical to assume that Anders Fogh Rasmussen will take the advice on transferring the Ukrainian army to NATO standards, but he somehow from this mission disown, agreeing only to assist in the promotion of Ukraine in the EU.

“MK” asked the experts what Rasmussen can help Ukraine and why did Poroshenko gaining his advisers European retirees?

Vladimir ZHARIKHIN, Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries.

Rasmussen is already fired round in the cage. And I don’t think he has any possibility of a lobbying nature. It is necessary to understand who would be politicians of small European countries was not at the head of NATO, in fact, commanded by Vice is always a us General. And therefore, Mr. Rasmussen, I can only give advice based on the experience of the management of microscopic Danish army. But I don’t think it will help Poroshenko in building the army. As for the other “retirees”, then, firstly, Poroshenko nourishes the hope that through these people he will be able to lobby for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union or NATO. But these hopes are groundless, because the principled position of the leadership of the European countries to Ukraine to not join these organizations not connected with the fact that in Europe we know little about this country. And they should only tell what a great state this will change. In fact, there is just too aware of what is Ukraine.

And secondly, the Ukrainian population still rinse the brains that the country is about to join the EU and NATO. They say, your victims on the Maidan, your meager salary, and wild charge for utilities — it’s all for the sake of the country entered into the European structures. And because the actual accession is not expected, for citizens create palliativ — look, we are already closer to Europe, European politicians have our advisors. You know, Ukraine has failed on all fronts, perhaps except one — she has become one of the world capitals of PR. And let’s face it: in PR they beat us pretty seriously. But the problem is that PR is the creation not of reality, and its visibility. And one of the forms of this visibility — the movement in Europe by attracting retirees from European countries.

Mikhail POGREBINSKY, Director of Kiev center of political researches and conflictology:

– This assignment emphasizes the affiliation Poroshenko to “advanced”, Pro-NATO of the Ukrainian society. And captures him as an ardent supporter of the promotion of NATO – lest anyone doubt his dedication to this idea. And the figure of Rasmussen then nothing. As it was not quite adequate to his position, and will remain so in the role of Advisor. No good for Ukraine, either in the field of promotion in NATO nor in establishing ties with Europe he will bring. It is not the most suitable person to do that. And retirees around himself Poroshenko collects, because he is, first and foremost, a businessman. Real political work is alien to its nature. So he simulates her. And in order to simulate its Pro-Western, it is necessary podklyuchat in the Ukrainian structure of all retired European politicians, which will pick up on the road. And then to say, only I’m the man that will lead you to Europe. And everyone who condemns me for the offshore, they do not understand their European happiness.

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