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KIEV – The inclusion of a Ukrainian politician on the US sanctions lists for influencing the election campaign of a strategic partner country is a shame for the country. This is the opinion of Ukrainian experts interviewed by the Russian service of the Voice of America, commenting on the inclusion of People’s Deputy of Ukraine Andriy Derkach on the list of persons connected with Russia and accused of trying to influence the American electoral process..
On Thursday, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on four Russian-linked individuals for attempting to influence the US electoral process..
“Andrei Derkach and other Russian agents use manipulation and deception to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere in the world,” said Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin. “The United States will continue to use every tool at its disposal to counter these Russian disinformation campaigns and maintain the integrity of our electoral system.”.
The Finance Ministry said in a statement that “Russia is using many puppets in an attempt to sow discord among political parties and provoke internal divisions in order to influence voters.”.
According to the agency, Andrei Derkach has been an active Russian agent for more than ten years and maintains close ties with the Russian special services..
The sanctions list also included three employees of the Internet Research Agency, which is accused of attempting to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections: Artem Lifshits, Anton Andreev and Daria Aslanova.
As noted in a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, they handled the organization’s cryptocurrency accounts, thereby contributing to its malicious activities against the American people..
On his Facebook page, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Andriy Derkach calls the decision of the American authorities “revenge”.
“Revenge is an integral part of their regular activities against Ukrainian investigators, journalists and experts who uncover more and more new international corruption schemes,” writes Andriy Derkach.
He believes that this is the reaction of Congressmen from the US Democratic Party to the exposure of schemes for “misuse of international technical assistance to Ukraine.” The Ukrainian politician noted that “he will not refuse to hold a press conference: the state dependence and sovereignty of Ukraine is at stake.”.
Role in the confrontation between the two parties
Political scientist Alexander Paliy believes that the People’s Deputy of Ukraine will be drawn into this process on the side of Russia, thereby being an agent of influence not only in the United States, but also in Ukraine.
“He is both a supporter of the Moscow Patriarchate and the“ Russian world ”. We have many different such figures who publicly carry out their activities in favor of Russia, even after the start of the war with Russia, “- says Alexander Paliy to the correspondent of the Russian service” Voice of America “.
The political scientist also talks about Andriy Derkach’s connection with the FSB, when “the influence of this structure in Ukraine was very strong.”.
“From public information, we know that in 1993 he studied at the Higher School of the KGB, and possibly took the oath of allegiance to Russia. In the story of the fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, his role is to accuse Poroshenko that he conducted some kind of negotiations with Biden, somehow spoke to him in a wrong way, thereby escalating the confrontation between Republicans and Democrats to an unprecedented level in the political life of America “, – says Alexander Paliy.
In this process of “collision” of two American political forces, according to him, Russia wins, “weakening the position of the United States.”.
Shame for the country
Deputy Director of Situations Modeling Alexey Golobutsky calls it a shame that the MP of Ukraine is accused of, in fact, spying for Russia and influencing the US elections.
“This, of course, is not so much a problem for the United States as a shame for Ukraine – when a deputy from the Verkhovna Rada is accused of opposing a strategic ally, that he is, in fact, an agent on the part of the aggressor on Ukrainian soil. But you need to understand that the political forces with which Andriy Derkach is associated traditionally appeal to the strengthening of the dialogue with Russia, denying the European integration vector of Ukraine’s development “, – says Oleksiy Golobutsky to the correspondent of the Russian service” Voice of America “.
Oleksiy Golobutskiy believes that the United States is no longer surprised by such behavior of Ukrainian politicians – citizens of a country that declares strategic relations with Washington and Brussels..
“A long, long time ago, six years ago, it was necessary to adopt a law that would reasonably, based on proven facts, counteract anti-Ukrainian activities, prohibit anti-Ukrainian parties,” Oleksiy Golobutskiy emphasizes..
He notes that the facts of punishment in the country for anti-Ukrainian activities, treason can be counted on the fingers of one hand..
“In any case, it is a shame when a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada is justifiably accused of spying for another state. Although for the adherents of the “Russian world” – the inclusion of Andrei Derkach in the US sanctions list is a positive characteristic, he is their hero, “says Alexey Golobutsky.