Experts note that the statements of the Ukrainian billionaire published by the publication &# 171; New York Times&# 187; will not worsen US-Ukrainian relations
Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian billionaire former governor of the Dnieper region who is said to have influence over President Zelenskiy and who previously spent millions of dollars training and equipping volunteer battalions that have resisted Russian aggression, now advocates forging ties with Russia. He stated this in an interview with the “New York Times”.
The comments of Igor Kolomoisky, who is considered one of the most influential political figures in Ukraine, appeared against the background of information that the presidents of Ukraine and Russia may hold a meeting in Kazakhstan. This proposal was recently made by the ex-president of this Central Asian country – Nursultan Nazarbayev.
In an interview with the New York Times, Igor Kolomoisky said that Ukraine should refuse Western aid and turn its face to Russia.
“Russia is stronger. We need to improve our relationship. People in Ukraine want peace, a good life, they do not want war. You [America] are forcing us to war and do not even give money for this, “- quoted by NYT Ukrainian billionaire.
At the end of October, it became known that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) postponed the financial tranche to Ukraine, including due to the fact that Kiev is not making sufficient efforts to return the money that
Kolomoisky allegedly stole from his former bank, PrivatBank. Kolomoisky himself denies such accusations.
Evgeny Magda, Director of the Ukrainian Institute of World Politics, notes that in his interview, the Ukrainian billionaire confirmed that Ukrainian politics need to get out of the influence of the oligarchs.
“Mr. Kolomoisky, the media, as the brightest oligarch, demonstrates that he has no interests that clearly coincide with the interests of the Ukrainian state. If the representatives of the current Ukrainian government do not understand this, they will quickly become representatives of the former Ukrainian government. The very formulation of the question testifies to one important milestone: the period of immeasurable patriotism of Mr. Kolomoisky has come to an end. Being a patriot is more disadvantageous for him – it is much more profitable to receive one hundred billion dollars from Russia. He, with such statements, becomes very “toxic” for Vladimir Zelensky, “Magda said in an interview with the Russian service of the Voice of America..
Alexey Bobrovnikov, scholar “writers in the exile” of the “PEN Center” of Germany, notes that, between the geopolitical course of Ukraine and their own fears, Ukrainian political figures usually choose to take care of the latter.
“Here it is the fear of losing freedom, losing money and repeating the fate of Lazarenko. It is this motivation of fear that drives Kolomoisky, and has been driving him for a long time. This is the traditional speech and style of Kolomoisky. There is nothing surprising here, except that he came out of the shadows, it seems, thoroughly. This was preceded, according to my information, by informal consultations between Kolomoisky’s people and people from the Kremlin. The essence of these consultations is still unknown, but I think that in the near future we will find out about it “.
In an interview with The New York Times, Igor Kolomoisky said that it became clear: the European Union and NATO will never accept Ukraine into their structures..
“You will never accept us [into the alliance]. There is no point in wasting time on meaningless conversations. At the same time, Russia is ready to accept us into the new Warsaw Pact, “Igor Kolomoisky said..
According to the billionaire, if he were the president of Ukraine, he would definitely go to a meeting with President Trump and help him with investigations against Burisma and Hunter Biden.
Michael Carpenter, Director of the Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania, believes that despite the fact that Ukraine is at the center of the impeachment process of President Trump, relations with Kiev are not perceived in the United States as “toxic”.
“I don’t think this is the case,” notes Michael Carpenter. – Of course, Ukraine is now under the scrutiny of the American media because of the hearings in the impeachment investigation. However, despite all the news related to Ukraine and mentions of some corrupt Ukrainian officials who provided information to Rudy Giuliani, there is serious bipartisan support for Ukraine in Washington on the issue of its independence, territorial integrity, democratic development, “Carpenter concluded..
Experts emphasize that Kolomoisky’s interview will not have a negative impact on US-Ukrainian relations, but may increase the imbalance in the ranks of the Ukrainian political elite..
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Journalist. Graduated Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Worked on the channel «1 + 1» and «Channel 5». On «Voice of America» since 2014. Was one of two correspondents «Voices of America», covering the Russian presidential elections in 2018 from Moscow. He pays attention to the topic of US-Ukrainian and US-Russian relations. Actively covered the case of Paul Manafort and Maria Butina.
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