“Don’t they understand anything?” they will ask, irritated. Yanukovych’s administration will, of course, follow all the signals and reactions. This is why it is worth stressing that pardoning Lutsenko, one of the most intelligent opposition politicians in Ukraine, is a success of the persuasion towards the Ukrainian government and the success of a policy of “keeping face” by all participants in the conflict and discussion: starting from the opposition to the Ukrainian government and the European politicians who, up to their ears, have been engaged in this Ukrainian conflict.
This is also the success of Alexander Kwaśniewski and Pat Cox. But also Martin Schultz, the current President of the European Parliament, who supported their mission despite the opposition of European politicians, but also – at times – common sense and rational calculations.