The deputy head of European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, MEP Viola von Cramon urges the European Commission to respond to “systematic political pressure” put by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on independent state institutions, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
The European MP sent a corresponding letter to the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission.
“In the midst of pandemic and the calamitous economic meltdown when Ukraine needs international support the most, unfortunately, President Zelensky and his Government are willingly jeopardizing the wellbeing of Ukrainian people by aiding the narrow, self-serving interests of Ukrainian oligarchs. The resignation of Yakiv Smolii, the respected governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, once again highlights what we already knew well: President Zelensky continues grave interference and systemic political pressure on few truly functioning state institutions,” von Cramon said in her letter.
The European MP believes that, “unfortunately, this is not the first case of a malign interference in the activities of important independent state institutions and represents rather a trend of destructive approach by Zelensky Government.”
“Attacks on Anti-Monopoly Committee, National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the General prosecutor’s office and many more, are the unequivocal and unfortunate evidence of this trend,” the European politician emphasized.
Von Cramon is convinced that the President Zelensky lacks credibility to be trusted.
“Despite the President’s impromptu attempts to reassure the worried investors, he, as the main architect of the systemic political pressure, lacks credibility to be trusted. The exit of Smolii who managed to tame inflation, stabilise hryvnia, and negotiate a multi-billion Euro deal with the IMF sends a clear signal of uncertainty to the domestic and international investors at the same time and threatens to sink Ukraine in deeper economic and political crisis,” the politician added.