Thursday, July 25, 2024 | 22:17 WIB

The beauty of a wary foreign policy

Byron Allen Black

‘Since entering politics Zelensky has been dogged by claims he is under the influence of Igor Kolomoisky, a billionaire whose TV channel screened Zelensky’s show. During the campaign Zelensky’s opponents alleged $41m from Kolomoisky entities found its way between 2012 and 2016 into offshore firms belonging to Zelensky and his circle, including Film Heritage. 

‘…The files show that Zelensky and his business partners used companies based in the BVI, Belize and Cyprus. 

‘The assets held via these offshore companies are wide-ranging. They include real estate in London. Sheffir owns two top-end properties – a three-bedroom apartment in an Edwardian mansion block in Regent’s Park bought in 2016 for £1.575m, and another three-bedroom flat in nearby Baker Street, opposite the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and purchased for £2.2m, according to Land Registry records. 

‘Meanwhile, Yakovlev’s BVI company Candlewood Investments owns a luxury flat in a Victorian mansion block in Artillery Row, Westminster. 

‘Zelensky’s apparent business connections to Russia via Maltex are likely to prove controversial. Poroshenko faced criticism for owning a chocolate factory in Russia at a time when Ukraine was fighting a war against Russian troops and their proxies following the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. The conflict, in which 14,000 people have died, continues in the east of the country and in the Moscow-backed rebel territories of Donetsk and Luhansk.’ 

It is this sort of critical historical background, tactfully buried by the tearful Presstitutes of western media, which may in part explain why Indonesia, along with nearly half the countries of the world, have taken a cautious, prudent stance on the war in Ukraine. Many have close connections with businesses or the Government of the Russian Federation and naturally do not want to endanger those bonds of trust. 

Indonesia’s stance on the matter? The official line: “Moscow is facing increasing isolation internationally as nations imposed sanctions on Russia’s top businesses, oligarchs and officials. 

“Last Thursday, Indonesia called for negotiation and diplomacy, while stopping short of announcing sanctions on Moscow”. Much to the consternation of the western media, who promote the information bubble demonizing Russia, half the nations of the world – mostly in the developing sector – are taking a similar prudent, non-committal line.