Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The Ukrainian side of “European Pravda“ paid attention to the inconsistencies of the messages of the press service of Petro Poroshenko when compared with Western departments on the same events.
Different information arrived, for example, about a recent meeting of Poroshenko with ambassadors of the EU.
In Kiev it was said that the speech was about “the destructive actions of Russia” in Donbass, while in the EU it is said that the ambassadors discussed corruption problems with Poroshenko.
It is not the only example. As is highlighted in the article, such manipulations are aimed at the domestic audience, and their aim is to show the foreign policy affairs of Ukraine in the best light.
In February of this year, after Poroshenko’s meeting with the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, Kiev declared that the country is among the “priorities” of the USA. The message of the White House, however, there weren’t any words about “priorities”, but it did mention the reforms that Kiev should carry out. Poroshenko’s press service preferred to keep quiet about reforms.
“Sometimes the ‘victories’ of the President of Ukraine are a complete lie,” it is said in the article.
In January, 2015, Poroshenko, after a telephone conversation with the head of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, stated that European parliamentarians are ready to recognize the DPR and LPR as “terrorist organizations”. Schulz, however, didn’t make such promises. According to journalists, this caused a diplomatic scandal, which was successfully hushed up.
Because of such exaggerations by Poroshenko, he was made a laughing-stock in the spring of 2016 when the press service reported about his “meeting” with the leader of the US Barack Obama. As was clarified, it was only a protocol handshake at the summit on nuclear safety.
Other Ukrainian politicians also are inclined to fabrications. In January, the Rada Deputy Georgy Logvinsky described his election as the Vice-President of PACE as “another victory of Ukraine in the international arena”. In reality, in PACE there are twenty Vice-Presidents who are replaced formally, according to priority.
These tendencies will probably only worsen in the process of the internal problems in Ukraine reaching their peak.
“The subject of reforming the country will become more unpleasant and more inconvenient in the event of contact between the top management of Ukraine and Western partners. Obviously, we will be told about even more ‘support’, ‘priority’, ‘unity’ and so on. Regular “parquet” meetings will turn into unprecedented progress,” “European Pravda” writes.
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