Klymenko named specific reasons, why do not Ukrainians want to Europe anymore
In Ukraine, the number of supporters of the European integration has decreased dramatically. It was reported by Oleksandr Klymenko, the leader of the “Uspishna Kraina” party, on his Facebook page. The politician also explained details of the reasons for changes in public mood in Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the year, the number of supporters of Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO has decreased by more than 10%. In January the route of European integration was supported by 59%. Nowadays, the number of supporters of the EU is 47.3%. This is less than half of Ukrainians. It was demonstrated in the fresh survey by «Social Monitoring» – Ukrainian Institute of Social Studies on behalf of A. Yaremenko According to Klymenko, there are several objective reasons for it.
«Nowadays, it is quite obvious that promises of the European Union to open markets for Ukrainian products are still a lure. Nobody will indemnify for damages caused by losses on Russian market. Paradoxically, we were supplying more goods to Europeans before the signing of association with the EU in terms of free trade areas. Thus, since January to June, export to the EU has fallen by 10% compared to last year (the number of Euro-sceptics has increased by the same percentage). Comparing to pre-crisis year of 2013, it has fallen by almost a quarter».
In addition, according to the leader of the «Uspishna Kraina», citizens are disappointed. They understand that the EU is not interested in expanding to the East due to global problems.
«The inflow of refugees, increased tension due to recent terrorist attacks in France and Germany provoke enmity of local population towards all extraneous matters, — the politician is sure. — Does this European person want to be among the members of Ukrainian volunteer battalions, who are “crowned with glory and honour” (meaning the citizens, who are armed with Kalashnikov and rocket-propelled grenade, who have combat experience, thrillseekers outside of front), worthless and corrupt populist politicians, as well as Ukrainian citizens, who were driven into a poverty, who are ready to do anything for their survival? Of course, the question is rhetorical».
However, according to Klymenko, a visa-free regime failure has mentally thrown us off the EU the most. «Brussels has postponed implementation until the autumn. However, it is beneficial to its politicians to make “political decision” – and to prolong the period of uncertainty. There are the same reasons, namely, destitute people and radicals with guns. MPs of the Verkhovna Rada also “did not let down”. They did not find time to adopt necessary draft laws. Although, it is rather logical result of invertebrate policy of Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the leadership of the country as a whole», — he explained.
The leader of the «Uspishna Kraina» summed up: «In 2014 Ukraine could count on Western bonuses. Nowadays, it is obvious that the fountain of unprecedented generosity has run short. It means that there is no need to wait for external mercy».
Klymenko believes that there are more urgent problems. In particular, it is necessary to come out of crisis, stop the war and renovate ruling “elites”, which are multiplying messages on rapid and successful European integration as hard as prec. communists were orating about dairy sausages, which cost two rubbles twenty kopecks».
Link to source: Oleksandr Klymenko Official Facebook page
Photo: Oleksandr Klymenko Official Website