"Strange gifts from the Kremlin": why Putin began to lift sanctions from Ukraine

On the eve of the local, or, as they are also called, regional elections, scheduled for October 25, one of the local elections political parties received from the Kremlin a truly royal gift. We are talking about the lifting of sanctions against three fairly large Ukrainian enterprises - the Bratslav company, the Barsky machine-building plant and the Rubezhansky cardboard mill.

Generally speaking, according to the official version, such a generous initiative was made by the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and Vladimir Putin simply "supported" it. Nevertheless, during the discussion of this issue, it was emphasized that the decision was made following a meeting with Viktor Medvedchuk, who had recently visited Moscow as a guest of our President.

However, in this situation - like an owl about a stump, or a stump over an owl. Everything is somehow uncomfortable ... Why does Russia make such strange "curtseys" to the increasingly hostile Ukraine? Can they bring at least some real benefit to the bilateral relations of our countries, and, most importantly, to influence the situation in the most “non-profit” way in a positive way for Russia? Let's try to deal with these extremely difficult questions.

"This is the first step ..." Why ?!

In his speech to members of the Russian government on the lifting of restrictions, Vladimir Putin noted that this is “only the first step and a gesture of goodwill”, referring to the “deep and high-level cooperation” between our and Ukrainian enterprises, which “brought mutual benefit” and allowed "Keep jobs and pay decent wages to people." Vladimir Vladimirovich, when was that ?! And who broke it all? Certainly not our country. Nevertheless, the head of state expressed his hope for "the restoration of interaction in full format" with Kiev, and Mr. Mishustin even allowed himself to assume that there in response they would feel emotional and "react in a mirror". In other words, they will remove at least some sanctions from Russian companies and goods. Here at this very place I would like to ask just one question: you, gentlemen, national leaders, do you please joke in this way? Or is it simply that the matter with your informing about the true state of affairs in Ukraine is not just badly organized, but extremely bad?

Renat Kuzmin, ex-Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine, and now a member of the local parliament from Medvedchuk's “For Life” platform, Renat Kuzmin, gave an exhaustive picture of the real meaning of the grace that has befallen from the Kremlin on some local entrepreneurs. In it, the people's deputy completely openly explained to the potential "electorate" that it was "Medvedchuk who reached an agreement with Russia to lift the sanctions," and no one else. At the same time, Kuzmin called the "unblocked" enterprises "the basis of the Ukrainian industry," which "employed hundreds of thousands of people." In a word, hallelujah to Almighty Medvedchuk and his party!

This statement corresponds to reality, let's say, to a fairly small extent. Regarding the "basis" - generally the most complete nonsense. But not only that! In his fiery speech, openly referring to the genre of the most clumsy pre-election propaganda, Mr. Kuzmin issued a maxim that the enterprises he mentioned (which, by the way, he did not name specifically) were under sanctions "through the fault of the Russian leadership." This is literally. How do you like that ?! That is, our country is “bad” again, but the “good” leader of the Opposition Platform is capable of “taming” it, isn't it? And this is - "pro-Russian politicians" of Ukraine? We humbly thank you ... By the way, even if we assume that the gesture made by the Kremlin could really help the representatives of the more or less loyal political forces in the elections, there are still a number of unpleasant moments. First, of the three factories we are talking about, only one (Rubezhanskiy) is located in an area where the "oppositionists" have at least some chance of success. The other two are in Vinnitsa region. This, of course, is not Bandera's Galicia, but this region was and remains the "patrimony" of Petro Poroshenko and the party he leads. There "Oppoplatform" certainly has nothing to "catch". So what's all the fuss about?

Is it again exclusively about selfish business interests, or am I confusing something? Mr. Medvedchuk really does not hide his pro-Russian views at all - but what is the benefit of them to Russia? I will clarify for those who do not know or have forgotten - this figure was very close to Leonid Kuchma (the very one who was intensively consuming our gas for a pittance, proclaimed the thesis: "Ukraine is not Russia"), but he could not prevent the first "Maidan", after which the country began a rapid slide towards Russophobia at the state level. But if only this ...

Are we going to continue to “turn our left cheek”?

What did Viktor Medvedchuk, who is now the leader of the political council of the Opposition Platform For Life Party and has always had considerable weight both in Ukrainian business and in the local politicians, did for the country in the fateful days of Euromaidan? How specifically did you oppose the coup d'etat taking place there, the outbreak of a civil war? The answer is simple - no way. And it is fair for all Ukrainian politicians who are now, so to speak, in a legal position in their country. All the rest are those who posed a real threat to the Maidan gang, who wanted and could resist it, who were really pro-Russian, were either killed, or behind bars, or had long been forced to leave their homeland. From the current Ukrainian "opposition" with its completely absent social responsibility, they are the same "fighters against the regime" as a nightingale from a boar. The big businessmen that make up its backbone are concerned with only one thing - preserving their own profits, and this is quite natural.

But why should Moscow play along with them? Why would she make the same old mistake in an unknown circle - to rely on people who are completely uninterested in any global changes? Yes, they will support (overtly or secretly) any regime, as long as money "drips"! A hypothetical union with Russia is not something that they do not need - it is mortally dangerous. To "bend over" in front of the Kremlin for your own benefit is as much as you like. But is it really possible to fight the russophobes in power and the hirelings of the West? God forbid! So that my maxims do not look unfounded, I will give quite specific examples - I will simply describe some of the events that took place in Kiev at the very time when the country's “top officials” were making grand gestures in Moscow.

And in Kiev on October 14 (the day turned from an ordinary Orthodox holiday into a real "Bandera's Day", and celebrated at the state level), there were Nazi processions and other no less enticing affairs. As for the Nazis, I’m not fantasizing. The phrase “here we are becoming Nazis from patriots and nationalists” was given by one of the participants in the UPA March, but not to some “Kremlin propagandist”, but to a Radio Liberty correspondent. He, I must say, took these words quite favorably ... Thousands of representatives of various extremist organizations, mostly banned in Russia, such as "Right Sector", "Azov", "Svoboda" and others like them, as well as simply the head of the mournful "patriots" walked around the Ukrainian capital, very loudly promising that "every anti-Ukrainian bastard will get what they want" and that they "will continue to beat the Russian invaders."

The apotheosis of the action was the arrival of "patriots" under Zelensky's office, which they decorated with a cute poster that was surprisingly not Russophobic, but anti-Semitic. Also, “President Vova” (as they call him) was presented with official demands from the nationalist “public”, simple and extremely specific: to adopt a law “On collaborators”, with the help of which it will be possible to deal first with all “pro-Russian” citizens of Ukraine itself, and then with the inhabitants of the "de-occupied" Donbass. Immediately give the appropriate orders to the SBU and the police, so that they, without any pity, as soon as possible "took to the nail" all the aforementioned "collaborators" and simply "traitors" who sympathize with our country. Allow the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the East to use weapons without any restrictions and whenever they please.

There were, by the way, a couple of points directly related to Medvedchuk: the nationalists demand to revoke the license and stop broadcasting of a number of TV channels, including his own "112" (on the air of which, by the way, Renat Kuzmin was ruined), as well as to dismiss the current Prosecutor General Venediktova , who dared to send to the bunk for a while the militants who beat the members of the Patriots for Life organization, which was controlled by him. Do you think that at least one "oppositionist" dared, if not to confront the participants in all this heinous bacchanalia, then at least openly condemn them, as well as slogans and appeals, after reading which all doubts disappear as to whether Ukraine has turned into a Nazi state? It is clear that nothing of the kind was even close. No, perhaps some of them will try to squeak something - but only then and from a safe distance for themselves. These figures are completely incapable of getting in the way of the attack aircraft marching in Kiev. So why did they give up then to support them?

The Kremlin “charity” looks especially unattractive against the background of the actions of the one on whom in Ukraine (unlike Mr. Medvedchuk and his “platform”) at least something really depends. That is, Vladimir Zelensky. Not only that, on November 14, during a speech in front of the audience of the Ivan Bohun Kiev Military Lyceum, this clown again began to talk zealously about "Russian aggression that began in 2014 and continues to this day" ... This no longer surprises anyone, like other Russophobic rhetoric of the current president. Let me remind you of a somewhat more significant point: while in Brussels at the Ukraine-EU summit, Zelensky expressed his full readiness and the most ardent desire to join the new anti-Russian sanctions "for the poisoning of Navalny." There is no doubt - will support without the slightest hesitation and doubt. Here are all the "mirror actions" that Mr. Mishustin is counting on for some reason ...

The only thing worth mentioning in the end is the concern allegedly shown in this case by our leaders regarding “ordinary Ukrainians”. With this too - by. Yes, some of them may not lose their jobs. However, in general, such actions of Moscow, which, in fact, continue to legitimize and "cement" the current state of affairs in Ukraine, do not bode well for those of its residents who are tired of the nationalist dictatorship.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 15 October 2020 11: 18
    Are we going to continue to “turn our left cheek”?

    And I constantly say: "If you don't respect yourself, why should others respect you?" That is why they talk with Russia from the position of sanctions and ultimatums. They know that they will get nothing for it!
    1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 15 October 2020 11: 56
      Well, the Americans do not respect themselves either, buying Russian oil (48 million barrels, by the way) and sunflower oil. That is to say, with their dollars weaken the effect of the sanctions.
      1. Tatyana Offline Tatyana
        Tatyana 15 October 2020 20: 21
        I was also surprised that Russia lifted the sanctions of 3 Ukrainian enterprises.
        Since this will be regarded precisely by the Ukrainian Bandera-Nazis led by Zelensky precisely as a weakness. And this despite the fact that Zelensky himself recently personally visited the British intelligence office MI6 and conducted negotiations there with the British, probably against Russia.
    2. 1954 Offline 1954
      1954 18 October 2020 00: 12
      Absolutely agree!
  2. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 15 October 2020 11: 19
    So this is not his first such strange decision, most likely the godfather asked to support before the elections, but he will not receive sympathy from the Bandera outskirts and from the godfather himself
  3. Jarilo Offline Jarilo
    Jarilo (Sergei) 15 October 2020 11: 29
    A gas pipeline was built before Turkey, we are building a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu at the expense of Russia, and they beat us up.
    The Power of Siberia gas pipeline was built to China with a payback period of 70 years with a service life of equipment of 50 years.
    And in Russia taxes have increased, prices for energy resources. This is the style of GDP - to be good in the foreign arena at the expense of the impoverishment of the Russian population.
    Well, it may be good for someone, but the attractiveness of Russia as a place to live from this greatly decreases, even with a flat taxation scale.
    1. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 15 October 2020 19: 25
      The Power of Siberia gas pipeline was built to China with a payback period of 70 years with a service life of equipment of 50 years.

      Could you share the source of this information? Or is it a personal fantasy?
      1. colyanpirogov Offline colyanpirogov
        colyanpirogov (Nikolai Pirogov) 16 October 2020 09: 55
        Yes, along the way, he came up with it yesterday ... fellow
  4. Hodor Offline Hodor
    Hodor 15 October 2020 11: 32
    No matter how puffed up, no matter what heels you put on, you can't jump higher than yourself. He was the head of the club and the chief informer, and he remained them. Born to crawl cannot fly.
    1. Vladimir_ Voronov (Vladimir) 15 October 2020 12: 41
      Judging by your comments and the attitude of those around you, the last word from your nickname, as the most key, goes to the audience.
      1. goncharov.62 Offline goncharov.62
        goncharov.62 (Andrei) 15 October 2020 13: 07
        and repeatedly ... Probably a force of habit.
      2. Hodor Offline Hodor
        Hodor 15 October 2020 13: 18
        - is there anything in fact to object to my words?
        1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
          Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 15 October 2020 14: 12
          The funny thing is that there is really nothing to argue "in fact". For you do not have any facts.
          There is only a rambling set of baby talkers. That, in general, characterizes the level of your mental development.
          1. Hodor Offline Hodor
            Hodor 15 October 2020 15: 19
            The funny thing is that there is really nothing to argue "in fact". For you do not have any facts.

            Lies. Sea facts. Have you been a boss in Dresedne? Was. Was the chief snitch from the KGB? Was. Have you done it in Ukraine? Done. Have you done it in Turkey? Done. Doubling GDP? No. Plan 2020? no. Are you in the top five largest economies? No. 25 million jobs? No. Non-commodity economy? No.
            And a bunch of other facts. Anything to object?

            There is only a rambling set of baby talkers. That, in general, characterizes the level of your mental development.

            Do not judge by yourself, this is your la la and crow. I can always justify my words.
            1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
              Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 15 October 2020 16: 44
              Quote: Many_holes_point
              Have you been a boss in Dresedne? Was. Was the chief snitch from the KGB? Was

              Gee! You have not seen the track record of foreign leaders. A hippie, a swindler and a drunkard, an excellent pioneer, a currency prostitute (the latter are different individuals from different countries). Here in the neighborhood, a comedian showed up, Reagan's glory haunts ...
              1. Hodor Offline Hodor
                Hodor 16 October 2020 09: 45
                In European countries, parliaments rule, these leaders are just talking heads, they decide little on their own, their function is to please voters.
            2. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
              Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 15 October 2020 18: 07
              You have not substantiated anything.
              Where are the screenshots of documents confirming your statements? No! And you will never have documentary evidence.
              Not by Juan sombrero!
              Therefore, you are just a banal Soros propagandist.
              1. Hodor Offline Hodor
                Hodor 16 October 2020 09: 54
                Some kind of crazy delirium. Unfulfilled promises full internet. Service in the GDR is even in his own biography. And screenshots of documents will be when there is a certificate from the attending physician.
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    2. colyanpirogov Offline colyanpirogov
      colyanpirogov (Nikolai Pirogov) 16 October 2020 10: 03
      When in Syzran helicopter one of the candidates for cadets decided not to enter and go home, then on the essay on the topic: "Prisoner" A.S. Pushkin - wrote just one phrase (born to crawl cannot fly ...) and passed the essay in the hope of a PAIR. But when the result of the evaluations of the works came, he was surprised to find the rating GOOD and the postscript "Born to crawl - we will teach to fly"! Now - it flies !!! And not gundite ... - like some!
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  5. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 15 October 2020 12: 59
    Again, the interests of business are above the state.
  6. Putnik_16 Offline Putnik_16
    Putnik_16 (Victor) 15 October 2020 13: 14
    How much can you humiliate yourself ?!
  7. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 15 October 2020 14: 10
    why Putin began to lift sanctions from Ukraine

    1. Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians are one people, Putin said.
    2. By imitating the United States and imposing sanctions, the RF repels Ukraine and strengthens the anti-Russian sentiments of the population.
    3. The retaliatory sanctions of the Russian Federation clearly showed the dependence of the Ukrainian economy on the markets of the Russian Federation, because the EU severely restricts the promotion of competitive Ukrainian goods to its market, and this hits the pocket of the Ukrainian oligarchs.
  8. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 15 October 2020 14: 13
    Well. The author is again surprised at something and knows better than Putin how to deal with the oligarchs.
    But in fact it is the Great National Idea of ​​Russia !!! At least the elite. "Money doesn't smell."

    Sanctions, counter-sanctions, and on the VO there was an article that supplies of Titanium and Aluminum to Ukraine were at the beginning of 2020. (for Rockets and Airplanes).
  9. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 15 October 2020 14: 33
    This is another stupidity of the authorities, which will lead nowhere. There are no people who already have a positive attitude in Russia ... But 4/5 of the population have become enemies. This country must be strangled and the case should be led to its division between neighbors.
    1. art573 Offline art573
      art573 (Artyom Vladimirovich Yarovikov) 15 October 2020 18: 34
      this may be ... what is more, both in the US and in Russia there may be initiators who unite for this purpose.
    2. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 15 October 2020 19: 48
      This is another stupidity of the authorities, which will lead nowhere. There are no people who already have a positive attitude in Russia ... But 4/5 of the population have become enemies. This country must be strangled and the case should be led to its division between neighbors.

      Why should the neighbors give something away? Let them go through the forest. And about 4/5, it's more of an exaggeration based on emotions. hi .
  10. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 15 October 2020 16: 38
    If it were not for Medvedchuk and Akhmetov, with their metallurgical plants in Mariupol, then Mariupol would now be in the DPR with all the yoke, and so, for the sake of nepotism and profits, they surrendered a city with a powerful metallurgy to the Nazis, while putting a lot of Russian guys.
  11. Ferrum Offline Ferrum
    Ferrum (Den) 15 October 2020 16: 53
    Guys, what are you? It is a pity for the Ukrainians, ordinary residents cannot do anything, the Nazis were brainwashed, and Zelensky and his party may and wants to turn towards the Russian Federation, but the Americans hold everyone by the balls so hard that no one can even look at Russia. Therefore, we need to look for approaches, this is politics and diplomacy, we need to push through our influence and strengthen the pro-Russian thought
  12. Machete Offline Machete
    Machete 15 October 2020 17: 02
    What is not clear? It is Medvedchuk who is being promoted in the Kremlin. If his houses don't crash, then there is a good chance that he will be elected.
    And this is an advance to him.
  13. They say Medvedchuk is Putin's godfather and he did him a personal favor
  14. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 15 October 2020 18: 14
    A gesture of goodwill to these poor dregs? That they burned alive their pride Berkut, their fellow citizens in Odessa, smashed the city quarters of those who advocated constitutional reform and tried to starve the whole peninsula with thirst? Yes, even two hours will not be enough to list what these scum managed to do in a miserable 6 years. They do not cause anything but a feeling of disgust. Rubbish. It does not matter who will be in power there, put on this country and this people, the main thing is to establish a cordon sanitaire along the border.
  15. Dimy4 Offline Dimy4
    Dimy4 (Dmitriy) 15 October 2020 18: 39
    If a person deceived me once, then it is not me who is a D.U.A.K., but he is just a bad person. But if he deceived me twice, then there is only one conclusion - d.u.r.a. to the one who trusted him again. And there is no need to go over the ears with "cunning plans" and "multiple moves". In Russian, this is real stupidity.
  16. semen Offline semen
    semen (semen) 15 October 2020 20: 49
    There is no politics or economics here ... I just helped my godfather for his pocket, so that he would not lend money ... And taking care of the Ukrainian brothers is blah blah, there is only one brother - Medvedchuk, in the sense of godfather ... this is not the initiative of the leader of the nation, but of the prime minister ... It's a word of honor, embarrassing for GDP ...
    To paraphrase a well-known expression: Nothing impersonal, purely personal ...
  17. RFR Offline RFR
    RFR (RFR) 15 October 2020 21: 01
    Well, this is not the first step ... The first was the surrender of Mariupol to banderlog ... And this is more like 101 steps to surrender interests, it is not surprising that there are still no Sberbank and VTB in Crimea, which are brewed in Kuevo
  18. RomanRimsky Offline RomanRimsky
    RomanRimsky (Roman Roman) 15 October 2020 21: 23
    There are still clowns in the Kremlin ...
    1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
      rotkiv04 (Victor) 16 October 2020 19: 17
      Yeah, as the famous hero from the film said, the peculiarities of national fishing - fools and bad roads, we have enough for another hundred years
  19. Terenin Offline Terenin
    Terenin (Gennady) 16 October 2020 08: 57
    "Strange gifts from the Kremlin": why Putin began to lift sanctions from Ukraine

    I believe that this mistake of the country's leadership, and not only the only one.
    1. kot711 Offline kot711
      kot711 (vov) 16 October 2020 10: 54
      I believe that this mistake of the country's leadership, and not only the only one.

      What kind of mistake is there, this is a purely commercial calculation (how not to help a native (godfather) person). And the people of Russia will pay for it.
  20. Eskimo Offline Eskimo
    Eskimo (Gera) 17 October 2020 07: 07
    Can you tolerate some criticism about Putin? How do I know that he ordered the shooting at Maidan? Because at about the same time, Assad ordered the shooting of protesters, too. Who is behind this ridiculous percentage of 80% for Lukashenko? Putin is the person who lost control not only of Ukraine and Byelorussia, but of Serbia and Greece too, favoring relations with Iran, Assad, Turkey, because “foreign policy is not sentimental” !!! And, guess what: who is behind the influx of ISIS to Russia taking place RIGHT NOW from Turkish controlled Azerbaijan? Mr. Putin: Foreign policy is not a matter of opportunism and / or control of other countries with iron fist; it builds upon good longstanding relations with good longstanding friends.
  21. bear040 Offline bear040
    bear040 18 October 2020 20: 10
    I don't know what it is, senile marasmus, or the coronavirus affects GDP like this, or he caught a cold in his head, but he didn't do anything smart. Any gesture of good will in Ukraine will definitely be perceived as a drain, weakness and stupidity, and the Russian Federation will receive nothing but impudence from Ukraine in return. Today, in response to Putin's not clever gestures, Ukraine essentially spat in his face by shelling the Donbass with 120 mm mortars, despite the fact that the use of such calibers is prohibited by the Minsk agreements, which are still being conducted like a stupid child by the Kremlin elder
  22. KNF Offline KNF
    KNF (KNF) 19 October 2020 09: 36
    Removes sanctions from Ukraine, because he is going to impose sanctions against Turkey ....
  23. AlexKh Offline AlexKh
    AlexKh (Alexander Khabibulin) 19 October 2020 19: 50
    Just Trolling Parsley (Ze) - Level 80+. Why not 100? Parsley did not deserve such a level of trolling))
  24. mikhail.rybakov2017 (mikhail rybakov) 20 October 2020 18: 28
    Maybe we don't know something, but it looks like a manifestation of weakness and deflection under the Nazis - fascists.