A Ukrainian politician is arguing that relations with Russia must be normalized if the Ukraine is to sustain it statehood, and is therefore calling for a government that might accomplish this task.
Former deputy of the Supreme Council of Ukraine, Anna Herman, is calling for snap elections to the parliament in order to reestablish relations with Russia and in so doing, stop the Nord Stream-2 pipeline project.
Herman argues that if the Ukraine wants to try to continue to be a gas transit country, simply needs to normalize relations with Russia and that the loss of this status means the end of Ukrainian statehood.
This perspective was expressed by the former deputy of the Supreme Council of Ukraine, Anna Herman, speaking on the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne. At the same time, Herman stressed that the current politicians simply lack the competence or political will needed to normalize relations with Russia. Therefore, the only way out of the situation is early parliamentary elections.
“The current parliament can not do this,” Anna Herman summarized. However, if new people are elected to the Supreme Council of Ukraine, then it will be possible to change relations with Russia in a way that could “begin to look for a compromise to stop the” Nord Stream-2 “.
Herman is convinced that If the gas pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea is laid, Ukraine will lose “the prospect of its statehood”.
But this point of view is naive, as it is said, the train has already left the station. Germany and Russia have both invested too much political and actual capital into the project as it stands to shift its direction to pass through the Ukraine, even if there were the prospect of normalized relations with Ukraine and an interest in turning in that direction.
The plans have been drafted, submitted, approved, and are moving forward to take the pipeline across the Baltic, with funds directed towards that purpose.
Furthermore, it’s entirely unlikely that such elections could or would be held, that the outcome would be such as to represent interests willing to normalize relations with Russia, and that it could move along in the direction of shifting the pipeline quickly enough, even if the political will were present on the side of the Russians.
For this reason, Herman’s position could never be realized, and if this means that the Ukraine loses its status as a gas transit hub, then that is how it’s going to be. Not only are the Ukrainian political powers opposed to normalized relations with Russia, but its Western allies are bent on ensuring that the situation remains so.