In view of the parliamentary elections Ukraine, represented by officials, has received an unfriendly kick from the US. Resolution of the US Senate on the situation in our country has been long compared to the Magnitskiy list even thought it has not come to real sanctions in Yanukovych's case. But on the other hand, there is nowhere to go. The list is comprised of 54 names of Ukrainian officials: from the President Yanukovych, Prime Minister Azarov, Attorney General Pshonka to judges Kireev and Sitaylo. "Resolution calling for the release of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko" contains very tough definitions and is concluded by recommendation to the State Department to impose visa sanctions against Ukrainian officials involved in imprisoning Yulia Tymoshenko and a dozen other opposition members. Rough, preventive, and straight to the business. And in tone with the European Union.
And if the passing of the hard lined US resolution was predictable, the reaction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Party of Regions was hard to foresee. The head of MFA Kostyantyn Gryschenko (#8 on the List of 54) stated that it is pointless to comment on resolution "considering the way it was considered and its declarative and not obligatory character". And, nevertheless, he did comment on it, calling the passing procedure doubtful and considering the fact that it was passed at night at the closing of the session. The Party of Regions deputy Leonid Kozhara went even further, namely saying: "It has a lobbying character. Big money was paid for its advancement to the companies whose representatives I saw in the Committee premises. Moreover, the Resolution's status is 'the sense of the Senate'. It has no influence over administration and the State Department, i.e. the executive branch and it is a separate opinion of separate senators who are regretfully working for separate political powers in Ukraine."
Let's go step by step. It is rather strange to hear any accusations from the regime that organizes night voting on the major internal matters. Moreover, it is embarrassing to talk about the fact that every voting done at the wave of Chechetov's hand is doubtful. And the statement that the resolution was paid for (if they reach the Senate) may cause a serious outrage leading to complete obstruction of the Regions deputies in the States. We can conclude that the current power has no sense of measure while the self preservation instinct is completely absent. With a set of qualities like that it is hard to count on political longevity.
By the way, it is interesting how brave our politicians will be in attacking the US. Before Euro-2012 the ruling party called Germany's Angela Merkel statement about dictatorship false and unfounded. And earlier in Spring, Akhmetov's Segodnya (Today) newspaper published an article that concluded saying that "2012's Berlin is no different from Berlin 1940." It included the following lines: "1945 did not teach them anything. Today Germany wants to set its orders in Ukraine and dictate its will." Considering such approach, it is not long until the newspaper will be full of Soviet era rhetoric of "damned capitalists", "imperialists", and others. The Party of Regions is used to substituting notions and in this situation will once again stake on showing it as a hostile actions of the US against Ukraine. Even though, it is obvious that we talk about possible sanctions against specific officials for specific actions. But the Regions think their position is inseparable from Ukraine's one. It seems that they want to consider the possible sanctions against themselves as sanctions against Ukraine. The other thing is if many people will believe this…
Politology Professor Oleksiy Haran thinks that passing of the resolution is long overdue. "I would like to stress that we are not talking about sanctions against the country as a whole as the propaganda tries to make us believe but we are talking about sanctions against particular persons. These sanctions may extend to those guilty of human rights violations as well as corrupt officials.
We do understand that a large number of Ukrainian high ranking officials are involved in international corruption schemes. And application of pin-point sanctions regarding several people will be an important signal because in reality the Ukrainian authorities are cowardly. And as soon as they come to any obstruction it backs up, tries to maneuver. So on the whole it is a right step," noted the expert.
Deputy Taras Chornovil says that it is possible the accounts of officials will be frozen.
And we should remember that right about now Viktor Yanukovych should be in the United States where he is participating in 67 Session of the UN General Assembly. Upon the results of this visit we will be able to discuss how bad everything is. For example, if they manage to catch Obama somewhere near the restrooms, the regime will start trumping about the stability of Ukraine's international politics.