Comment by the Russian Permanent Mission to the EU regarding the statements made by the EU leadership in the European Parliament on Ukraine, 7 February 2024

Submitted on Wed, 02/07/2024 - 18:52

The statements by the heads of European institutions regarding the situation in Ukraine are becoming increasingly cynical and divorced from reality. To bolster their own belligerent spirit and anti-Russian hysteria, they resort to absurd comparisons, loud but empty epithets and baseless allegations against our country. Speaking in the European Parliament on 6 February 2024, the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission excelled themselves.

Take the events in Ukraine 10 years ago. Those developments should be recalled the way they happened and not otherwise. Why won`t they admit that the "civilised" pro-European opposition trampled on the political settlement agreement it had signed with President Viktor Yanukovych? Why won`t they admit that a coup d'état took place in Kiev in February 2014. Why won`t they admit that in April 2014 the European Union supported the anti-terrorist operation launched by the then authorities in Kiev against their own people in the south-east of the country?

The passage about a "fantasy" of the Russian leadership sounded immoral. The extermination of the civilian population of Donbass, which the Ukrainian armed forces have been shelling on a daily basis since 2014, the discrimination against the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine and the glorification of Nazism – does the EU consider all this a "fantasy"?

Attempts to justify the purely politicised decision to start accession talks with Kiev look ridiculous. What pieces of legislation, may we ask, were they referring to in the context of the alleged expansion of national minorities rights? Was it the law "On National Minorities of Ukraine", which violates the rights of the Russian-speaking population?

The EU is likewise incapable of responding adequately to sensible questions as to whether it is reasonable to pump lethal weapons into Kiev. This is only natural, as the conflict should not and cannot be resolved by military means. Instead of reflecting on the consequences of their own actions, the MEPs listened to frightening passages that the Ukrainians would allegedly have to defend themselves with “water guns”. This explanation implies that Brussels sees what is happening to Ukraine today as nothing more than a game.

The reason for such emotional outbursts in the European Parliament is obvious – as time goes by, it becomes more and more difficult for EU officials to manipulate the facts.