«We force to the knees»: Kuchma spoke about the relations of Ukraine with the EU

© Photo : the presidential Administration, Ukrainefare Ukraine and the EU at a ceremony on the occasion of the introduction of visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU. Archive photo«We force to the knees»: Kuchma spoke about the relations of Ukraine with the EU© Photo : the presidential Administration of Ukraine

The European Union «puts on the knees» of Ukraine, which is regarded as a raw materials appendage, the country should unite for the further development and not to walk through the world with outstretched hands, says ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma. He stated that the Baltic-black sea forum, «the Dawn of Europe: the historical pattern of civilizational choice», the stream of his speech led the TV channel «112 Ukraine».

According to Kuchma, now there is no unity, neither in society nor among politicians that prevents solving problems. In addition, in recent years, the economy is in serious crisis and practically does not develop.

«We are about the economy generally forgotten. We collapse completely, high-tech industries has almost no missile and space industry no aircraft there… We become a raw materials appendage: our metallurgists remained, chemistry, agriculture. Where are we going?» he said.

According to policy, you should not rely on the help of the EU, as Europe perceives the country only as a raw appendage. He also criticized the EU for its lack of real development assistance to Ukraine.

«We are happy with our choice of European, free trade with Europe. And than we trade with Europe? Look at the statistics, there is, in addition to wheat and agriculture, practically nothing. Quoting is hard and for the first quarter, we almost all quotas have selected. Now let’s see how the Europeans put us on my knees, let’s chop wood on the spot and bring us. Where specific assistance to Ukraine, so we grew up? Because if we beggars that we are, we are not wanted. View in Europe by the press about Ukraine is already almost nobody remembers,» said Kuchma.

According to him, «no need to go cap in hand around the world and ask for money.»

«If we do not come to their senses and start to deal with the problems, and if people do not believe in the power and we will not who in one direction to pull, no forums will not help, we do our business will not do», — he added.
Of the EU’s sanctions against Russia

Commenting in his speech of anti-Russian sanctions that the EU imposed because of the situation in Ukraine, Kuchma said that these measures will force Russia to think and to develop the technology.

«Are there any mechanisms the Europeans have to make (Moscow — ed.) to make some positive changes? Trade sanctions — Yes, some problems for Russia they create. But, on the other hand, they force Russia to do energonaladka technology. It is really so. And if I can’t buy somewhere in the world, Europe, so I have to think with your brains. And brains in Russia is, as we all understand,» he said.

Earlier Wednesday, a senior EU source has not excluded that at the summit, which takes place June 22-23 in Brussels, leaders of European countries will take a «political decision» to extend sanctions against Russia. It is expected that the President of France Emmanuel macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will present their assessment of the implementation of the Minsk agreements and recommendations on sanctions.

The current economic restrictive measures are valid until 31 July. As stated in the materials to the summit, the official decision on prolongation may be followed in the coming days after the meeting.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that he considers absurd to link sanctions with the implementation of the Minsk agreements, because Russia is not a party to the conflict and the subject of the agreements on the settlement in Ukraine.

«Today many say: let’s change the format, let someone else add. What of it? The number changes nothing», he said. According to Kuchma, the solution of the conflict depends on Russia and the involvement of new members does not help.

Answering the journalists ‘ question about what steps should be taken to resolve the situation in the Donbass, the city stated that, in his opinion, «Norman Quartet» is to meet more often.

«Well, first and foremost, I would like that, «Norman Quartet», which now exists, gathered and made decisions. Several times they gathered in Berlin, then in Paris, so what? Never went to the press together,» — said Kuchma.

He added that he expects this issue to the new President of France.

«We force to the knees»: Kuchma spoke about the relations of Ukraine with the EU© Photo : Ministry of Defense of UkraineУкраина at a crossroads: what will happen to the Donbass after the RAID»We hope that a new person came to the Elysee Palace, and we see from his statements that he wants this process to move forward. Let’s see if they will work with Merkel in this regard, as they have already met and agreed, I’m sure some progress will be» — he added.

The talks in the «Normandy four» held in June 2014. Then the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany first discussed the settlement of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. In the framework of the Normandy format meetings and telephone talks at the highest Ministerial and expert levels. The last meeting of leaders «channel four» took place in October 2016 in Berlin, the parties agreed to prepare a plan for settlement in the Donbass.