What are friends for?
If one has no ready answer, then humor this suggestion:
Of course, when your democracy is in danger, or you’re about to making a mistake, they will use their authority over you to force you into a decision that you may not want to make.
That is a sign of true friendship and care.
That is why, US Deputy Secretary of State Keith Krach announced that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry plans to dismantle all the equipment of the Chinese company Huawei installed in departmental buildings.
After all, why wouldn’t the US deputy Secretary of State speak on behalf of another country.
“The Foreign Ministry has decided to remove all Huawei equipment from its buildings, and several other government agencies will follow suit,” Krach said following a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal.
Keith Krach also recalled that recently the Ukrainian authorities refused to cooperate with Huawei in the project of creating a “smart city”, preferring the American Cisco.
According to him, Ukraine has also expressed interest in the “Clean Network” initiative, whose members refuse to use the services of Chinese telecommunications companies in the development of 5G networks for information security.
Recall that in the summer of 2020 in the United States, Huawei and ZTE were recognized as a threat to national security.
This was explained by the fact that since Chinese companies are subject to Chinese law, the American side does not rule out that they may be obliged to cooperate with the intelligence services of their country.
In 2019 the Chinese Huawei estimated the damage from US sanctions at $ 30 billion.
It is interesting to find out if whether Ukraine really played any role into the decision-making process, or the order to do so was given from above. It appears that Krach simply said what Ukraine would do, while the Ukrainian Prime Minister simply stood there and nodded in submission.
In return for all of this support, and one-size-fits-all democracy that’s essentially being dropped from above, Ukraine is expressing its unending (and illogical) support to a US ally – Great Britain.
Despite the actions of all European countries, Ukraine decided not to cancel any flights to the UK, despite the new, more infectious strain of COVID-19 being discovered there.
“We have a visa regime with the UK which limits the number of passengers traveling between our countries. Currently, flights are performed mainly for Ukrainians studying abroad to return home for the Christmas holidays,” Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii posted on Telegram.
The minister noted that Ukraine will monitor the situation with COVID-19 in the UK and change this decision if necessary.
It is, however, refreshing to see how much one’s friends care for him, and it’s also showing how little democratic elections make a difference when the decision-making mechanisms aren’t even present in the country, but rather decisions are “imported” from abroad.
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