Today I have a doozy of a catfight for you. Involving two influential ladies, one of whom has a hopeless job, and the other of whom REALLY knows how to troll like an Olympic champion!
In this corner:
We have Maria Zakharova, she works for Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as their primary spokesperson. And believe me, she is nothing like what this job used to be. She is blonde, sassy, internet-savvy, and uses her Facebook and Twitter to expertly troll against Russia’s enemies.
In the other corner of the ring:
We have Natalie Jaresko, she is an American-born highly handshakable investment banker who got herself appointed Minister of Finances of the Ukraine. In guess you haven’t guessed, Natalie is the one with the hopeless job. But still, she keeps on trucking, like a …. er… trucker.
A couple of days ago, Natalie came up with a novel excuse why the Ukraine refused to pay back their “sovereign debt” (a $3 billion dollar bond) to the Russian Federation. On the level of “The dog ate my I.O.U. note”, Jaresko came up with this [and I only have the Russian quote, so I am translating back into English, which may not necessarily be the same English as Jaresko’s original quote – yalensis disclaimer]:
“In this question, we are sensitive to the strong feelings of the [Ukrainian] people, which is opposed to our paying off this debt.”
In other words, if the population of a country “feels” (and not even measured by a referendum or opinion poll, we just “intuit” their “feelings”) that they don’t want to have to pay back a debt, then they don’t have to pay!
This is as novel an approach as any to international financing, and I guess the IMF has taken note, since they just changed all the rules in the rulebook, to accommodate the Ukraine.
Trolls in the Kremlin?
But returning to our catfight… What was Maria’s response to Natalie’s venture into “creative debt restructuring”?
Why, a Facebook cat scratch, of course.
Here is the Russian quote, followed by my translation:
Министр как бы финансов Украины Наталья Яресько, ранее сотрудник Госдепа США, бизнесвумен и оранжевый революционер, объяснила, почему ее нынешняя страна может не выплатить России трёхмиллиардный долг. «Мы чувствуем в этом вопросе сильное давление со стороны народа, который выступает против возвращения этого долга», – сказала глава Минфина Украины.
Вопросов нет. Разве что один: а «сильное давление» со стороны народа Крыма засчитывается в качестве аргумента за возвращение в состав России?
The Minister of so-called Finances of the Ukraine, Natalie Jaresko, who used to work for the U.S. State Department, also a businesswoman and Orange Revolutionary, has explained (to us) why her current country may possibly not pay Russia back its $3 billion dollar debt. “In this question, we are sensitive to the strong feelings of the [Ukrainian] people, which is opposed to our paying off this debt,” the Minister of Finances has stated.
Well, that’s it, then. Except for one little thing: What about the “strong feelings” of the people of Crimea, who wanted to be reintegrated back into the Russian Federation? Why were their “feelings” not taken into account?