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You're reading: Gryshchenko carries on in best tradition of Soviet foreign ministers

Perhaps the most entertaining statement is in the introduction where Gryshchenko states: “For me it is not perception that matters but facts.” He then submits five misrepresentations, spins them like an old Soviet apparatchik, and offers them as a diplomatic rebuke to his foreign counterparts. Having spent time in the West, Gryshchenko cannot possibly believe that anyone is buying this nonsense, but nonetheless, he feels personally satiated because he feels he has one upped his detractors.

Gryshchenko then asserts that Ukraine is “committed to European values” and offers not facts but his perception that Ukraine is “not sliding but striding towards full integration.” The difference between sliding and striding can only be a matter of perception. He then offers last year’s completion of negotiations with the EU as proof of progress, failing to mention that nothing was initialed, signed or ratified last year and only because Ukraine failed to do its part.

He then mentions “the ambitious reform agenda under way in Ukraine,” but offers no examples and, certainly, no evidence. Then, perhaps noticing that he should submit a statistic or two, he repeats the most popular exaggeration of the Viktor Yanukovych regime that Ukrainian gross domestic product grew by 5 percent in 2011.

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