Or the idea that while Russia can bring hundreds of millions of goodies for Kuchma and Yanukovych, the European Union, Poland and other countries to the west have things to offer too.
One publication from Ukraine sees the conference we mentioned as evidence that Germany has been plotting a coup in Kiev. (The URL in the article takes me to a binary stream that I didn’t trust; maybe someone else can enlighten us on what temnik.com.ua is all about.) It doesn’t look like the authors — who considered the fall of Milosevic a coup, too — have discovered Fistful yet.
Anyway, below the fold is a taste of how the other side thinks. (Thanks to the Ukraine List for the translation.)
Germany Has Been Planning the Ukrainian Coup
www.temnik.com.ua, 29 November 2004
The Ukrainian opposition, supported by Berlin and encouraged by German foreign policy, is trying to accomplish a coup. Given the fact that the coup broke out due to the results of the elections, Germany’s foreign Minister calls on the government in Kiev to make ‘necessary corrections’ in vote counts.
In such a fashion, Berlin is acting in support of its favorite, Viktor Yushchenko, who lost in the elections, and who favors street anti-parliamentary struggle and who calls himself “the winner of the elections”. While the Ukrainian government points out as obvious the anti-constitutional nature of his self-assertion, the leading politician of CDPG Gernot Erler praises “the flame of youth’s break-through into the honest and life-worthy future of Ukraine that is connected with Yushchenko’s name”.
Overt destabilization of Ukraine is unlawful according to the international law and is an act of diplomatic vandalism. Since December 2003 the Fridriech Ebert Fund and the Center of Applied Political Research (SAR) that support SDPG have been influencing the electoral campaign in Ukraine. According to the SAR, so-called observes have frequently acted beyond their mandate and their behavior has in fact represented something “between elections and transformation”. One of observers’ missions was also to provide “political recommendations regarding successful and effective reform initiation”. Among criteria that observers paid attention to were “candidates commitment to Europe” and the question regarding “the chances for future transformation”. German electoral campaign activists acted to complement the influence of American personnel, who have been working to shape the opposition’s candidate (Yushchenko’s) image. Yushchenko was also promised “operational help” by Serbian political activists, who carried out a coup in Belgrade four years ago and participated in preparing the coup in Georgia. The European Union acted to support Yushchenko, its Foreign Minister from Warsaw visited Yushchenko not too long before the elections to express support of the EU and of the Polish government. On November 15 Yushchenko thanked his supporters from the European Union for such support in his electoral campaign both in writing and through a customary PR channel, i.e., the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
Given such a successful mobilization of the masses for the unplanned coup, Berlin continues to increase its political intervention in Ukraine. According to a representative of SDPG, the Bundestag discussed the presidential elections in Ukraine on November 24 and appealed to Kyiv to acknowledge the real election results. Without providing a single piece of evidence to prove the fake victory of the Berlin’s favorite, the Bundestag announced Yushchenko as the president-elect.
On December 6 Berlin plans to hold a conference on “Presidential Elections in Ukraine – Paths for Transformation”, which will cover questions regarding Ukraine’s distancing from Russia and its alignment with strategic interests of the West. The conference is expected to produce “Political recommendations” for the “transformation” of Ukraine and to decide on suitable partners.
The key speaker is Gernot Erler, who assures Yushchenko of “our friendship and support” and threatens any pro-Russian government in Ukraine that it will “be reminded who its supporters are on a daily basis” [i.e., supporters = Russia].