Most of Ukrainian-related Wikileaks news you read about is Libyan leader Gaddafi’s ‘voluptuous’ nurse Galyna Kolotnytska. But among the many cables released this week it revealed Russia using political pressure to force countries into denying the Holodomor as Ukrainian genocide:
It says that Aliyev (President of Azerbaijan) had received a document from President Medvedev indicating that in case Azerbaijan recognizes Ukrainian famine as “genocide” in the UN, he can forget about Nagorno-Karabakh. Prince Andrew confirmed that other presidents had also received such instructions from Moscow
Nagorno-Karabakh is an unrecognized state vying for independence between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
It was also seen in the cables Russia’s talks with Israel on Ukrainian statehood and the Holodomor:
Lavrov (Russian Finance Minister) raised Russian concern with "historical revisionism" regarding the Soviet Era and Second World War, which, he said, was particularly acute in Eastern Europe but was also present in Israel. He cited Israel’s official recognition of the Holodomor, the 1930s famine that occurred in Ukraine. Lieberman explained that by recognizing this tragedy, Israel had not said Russia was guilty of causing it, nor that it was an act of genocide.
The ‘historical revisionism’ that deviates of course from the official Soviet view, ignoring atrocities and the fact it was a Nazi ally that started WWII. The cables from French diplomats reveal more of Russia’s true directives towards Ukraine:
while noting that it may take a generation before the Russian public will be able to accept their loss of influence, from Poland and the Baltics to Ukraine and Georgia. Unfortunately, the Russian tendency is
to view "good neighbors" as totally submissive subordinates.
French President Sarkozy was "convinced" that Ukraine would one day be a member of NATO, but that there was no point in rushing the process and antagonizing Russia, particularly if the Ukrainian public was largely against membership.
And some interesting cables from German diplomats too:
Taking a hard line against EU membership not only for Turkey but also for Ukraine. The CSU could lump Turkey and Ukraine together so neither country could feel singled out for bad treatment.
The winter gas crisis made Germans rethink Russia, reliability as a supplier, but the lack of alternatives and the desirability of gas as a clean energy source have left the government resigned to dependency on Russia in the near-to-medium term.
We expect Germany to be less forgiving of Russian bullying of its eastern European neighbors through cut-offs of natural gas supplies, especially given the departure of former Foreign Minister Steinmeier — known for his relatively pro-Russian views.
Some US-related cables paints US-Ukraine relations in a more positive light:
Vershbow (US Assistant Secretary of Defense) criticized as “counter-productive” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s vitriolic open letter of August 2009, which attacked then-Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko’s “anti-Russian” policies.
“Vershbow emphasized that Russia’s efforts to assert a regional sphere of influence posed a threat to the reset in bilateral relations, and reiterated the U.S. commitment to the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Georgia, Ukraine and other partners in the region.” He added that the U.S. didn’t see Russian-Ukrainian relations as a “zero-sum game.”
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