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Who didn’t Germany’s FM Westerwelle meet in Ukraine?

June 23, 2013

A few days ago, Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was in Ukraine.

He met the President and the government for talks over various issues and left in somewhat positive mood it appears.

He also met the leaders of the opposition, Arseniy Yatseniuk and Vitali Klitschko.

Such things are standard of course – and not to meet with president, government and opposition leaders would be out of the ordinary.

And yet FM Westerwelle didn’t meet with Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of Svoboda and part of the tri-party opposition.

Anybody who follows diplomacy and diplomatic or political protocol will surely have noticed they did not meet and will be asking why?

Why meet with Yatseniuk and Klitschko but not Tyahnybok when meeting the opposition leaders?

Was Tyahnybok too busy to meet the German Foreign Minister?  Not according to his twitter account, the Svoboda Party website or Tyahnybok’s Facebook page.

Busy or not, would Tyahnybok not differ, postpone or delay whatever he had planned in order to meet the German Foreign Minister in his capacity as the leader of a significant opposition party?

In such a capacity would he snub the German Foreign Minister if invited to attend a meeting with him and fellow opposition leaders? – Highly unlikely!

So why was he not present with Yatseniuk and Klitschko?

The answer one suspects, is that he was neither invited nor welcome.

As the EPP and the socialist parties within the European Parliament, not to mention numerous EU Member States have publicly raised their concerns over the fact Batkivshchyna and UDAR are in an alliance with Svoboda on several occasions – perhaps this is a sign of things to come for Tyahnybok, Svoboda and the Ukrainian opposition alliance.

How many times must Tyahnybok and Svoboda be publicly and repeatedly snubbed before Yatseniuk and Klitschko realise that whether in opposition or in power, their alliance with Tyahnybok and Svoboda is going to do nothing but hurt and/or undermine their relationship with Europe?

Something to watch for when European political personalities visit Ukraine and meet all sides during their time here.  How many times will Tyahnybok and Svoboda be publicly snubbed before the media and the people begin to notice?

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