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Ukraine’s doubtful non-recognitions15.07.2011 | 13:35
One of these days, Director of the Information Policy Department at Ukrainian MFA Oleg Voloshin has stated that the official Kiev is not going to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia's independence. Georgian media immediately started singing delightedly that Ukraine has taken Tbilisi's side. South-Ossetian political expert Inal Pliyev reasonably remarked that the former Georgian autonomies would perfectly do without Ukraine's recognition for as long as they have Moscow's support, and Director of Ukrainian branch of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Kornilov in his interview to Georgia Times advised not to take Ukrainian diplomats' words seriously.
countries Vladimir Kornilov in his interview to Georgia Times advised not to take Ukrainian diplomats' words seriously.
During yesterday's briefing, an officer of Ukrainian foreign policy administration stated the following: "Ukraine remains the supporter of Georgia's territorial integrity. Ukraine won't recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed Abkhazia and South Ossetia, just like Kosovo's independence. We consider Georgia as a valuable partner and friend in the post-Soviet space".
So long as this statement contained nothing new, no official reaction came from Russia or former Georgian autonomies. But South-Ossetian expert Inal Pliyev remarked nevertheless that, at least, Tskhinval, may perfectly do without Kiev's recognition. "I am very happy for Ukraine, which has got a government that has solved all the problems of the Ukraine and the Georgian nation and has nothing else to do than to repeat that it won't recognize South Ossetia. This has been going on for three years already and there is an impression that someone is asking them to do so, - the South-Ossetian political expert remarked ironically. - Fortunately, Ukraine is not a country which recognition is essential for South Ossetia. We've been recognized by the greatest state in the world - Russian Federation, and now everything depends solely on how we will dispose of our independence, recognition and a favourable economic situation".
One cannot but agree with this commentary, especially that in the opinion of Director of the Ukrainian branch of the Institute of CIS Countries Vladimir Kornilov, Oleg Voloshin's words are just the necessary tribute to the diplomatic protocol in the context of a visit to Georgia to be paid by the head of Ukrainian foreign policy department Konstantin Gritsenko. In an interview to Georgia Times, the expert explained that "this is no more than the tribute to the protocol politesse on the eve of the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Konstantin Gritsenko's visit to Tbilisi, and recognition on Kiev's part is a matter of time.
"The statement was made before the visit of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister to Georgia, so it could not sound differently. Of course, we could choose another form, for the experienced diplomats cannot fail to know the basic rule of international relationship - "Never say "never", especially when it comes to the problem of the states recognition. Indeed, Ukraine has not recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia so far but it was very careless to say that "we will never recognize them". One should remember that President Victor Yanukovitch, being the leader of the opposition, have stated many times that Ukraine must recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia", - Ukrainian political expert remarked.
It looks like time has not yet come for that, Vladimir Kornilov believes, for Moscow and Kiev are under different foreign-policy conditions. "There is a difference in Russia and Ukraine's position on the matter. It was extraordinary circumstances in 2008 that forced Russia to recognize the Georgian autonomies. Ukraine has never faced such circumstances. But sooner or later, Kiev will also have to take up a definite position in this issue", - the expert from Kiev is sure. It is not difficult to forecast what kind of decision it will be. "One should bear in mind that the public opinion in Ukraine has mostly supported and still supports the Russian Federation in its conflict with Georgia. This fact was proven by social polls", - Vladimir Kornikov summed up.
And not only the polls. Kiev's position will also be influenced by the evolution in the international community's views regarding Abkhazia and South Ossetia's sovereignty. The voices in support of Sukhum and Tskhinval are already becoming louder in the German media, and the recognition on the part of Berlin will surely induce a whole "parade of recognitions" on the domino basis.