He will not be the first foreigner in the Ukrainian government
A petition has been submitted on the website of the President of Ukraine for the issuance of Ukrainian citizenship to the former Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson. Also, the people are demanding that Johnson be appointed not just anywhere, but immediately to the post of prime minister of the country. Given the experience of “Independent” in attracting foreigners to the government, can there really be a place for a retired British prime minister?
Photo: Global Look Press
The arguments for such a decision are the support of an international politician, his position on a special military operation, as well as his “education in the political, financial and legal spheres.”
Maybe Johnson, who did not win a successful premiership in the foggy Albion, will it be possible to implement it on Nazalezhnaya, which he has become so fond of lately?
Moreover, foreigners have already entered the government of post-Maidan Ukraine. For example, there was such a Lithuanian minister of economic development and trade, Aivaras Abromavicius.
Or you can remember US citizen Natalia Yaresko, who also headed the Ministry of Finance. At one time, she was even predicted to be the prime minister, but, as in the case of Abromavicius, the political career in Nezalezhnaya for an American of Ukrainian origin Jaresko somehow did not work out.
Once, a whole troop of retired politicians from Georgia ended up in ministerial offices. Among them, Alexander Kvitashvili, appointed by the Minister of Health, and the former Minister of Economic Development of Georgia, businessman Kakha Bendukidze, and the former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Ekaterina Zguladze, who received the post of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. For some time, the Deputy Minister of Justice was a Georgian citizen Giya Getsadze.
One can also recall high-ranking appointees from more Western countries. In 2016, Petro Poroshenko appointed the father of the Polish “shock therapy” economist Leszek Balcerowicz as the president's representative in the government. In the same year, Poroshenko appointed the former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as his non-staff adviser.
The infamous example of the former Georgian president and part-time Odessa governor Mikhail Saakashvili also comes to mind. Although he was not a member of the government, as they say, he was “especially close.”
In this regard, Jones's chances of getting a position in the Ukrainian political elite do not look fantastic. Especially considering that he, like the same Saakashvili in Georgia, is already considered a political corpse in Britain. Unless a criminal case has been opened yet. And who knows, out of desperation, he may also ask himself to join the Ukrainian establishment.