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German expert warns about 'bankruptcy' of Ukraine's political elite

February 04, 2014, 17:18 UTC+3 BERLIN
Ukraine's opposition is not united, it consists of numerous groups, including aggressively nationalistic ones, says Professor Lorenz Haag
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BERLIN, February 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Fuelling tensions in Ukraine contradicts democratic principles, the head of the German Global Communications Agency, Professor Lorenz Haag, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

“We have seen a lot of representatives from Europe and the United States on Kiev’s barricades over the recent months, but we have not seen any Russian representatives,” he said. “We should not perceive a small street fire around which freezing protesters gather to get warm as a torch of freedom,” he said.

Ukraine's opposition “is not united," he said. "It consists of numerous groups, including aggressively nationalistic ones,” the professor said, noting that it was impossible at the moment “to predict what Ukraine’s new system would be.”

Developments of the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 demonstrated the bankruptcy of political elite on both sides of the barricades, he said. “However, it cannot go on endlessly,” as “the lack of goals, progress and prospects leads to growing disillusionment and frustration,” the professor added.

Haag said the country's future was obscure. “No matter who will lead Ukraine now, they need to save the country from looming bankruptcy through a harsh change of the course and painful reforms,” he said, adding that it was the only way for the country to secure an IMF loan.

“But for this, it must go through many difficulties, and possibly its love for Europe that seems so unchangeable will quickly cool. Most likely this will trigger new rioting,” he said, warning that Europe should bear this in mind.

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Map of Ukraine showing the escalation of anti-government riots by region. ITAR-TASS Infographics

“That is why multilateral negotiations are necessary with the participation of Brussels, Moscow and Kiev, in which the German government could be a mediator,” Haag said.

“Today we must discuss a new division of the European continent into spheres of influence; we must discuss how all European countries can reach highest positions in the highly-competitive world through joint efforts and combining the advantages of the EU, Russia and other European states,” the professor said.

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