The internet is abuzz that John Bolton is heading to Ukraine to explain to the American puppets… I mean “strategic allies” how to do business so that American hegemony isn’t threatened…
U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton is seeking to scuttle the pending Chinese acquisition of a Ukrainian aerospace company on grounds that it will give Beijing vital defense technology, according to senior U.S. administration officials familiar with the matter.
Mr. Bolton’s personal interest and involvement in the deal, acknowledged by the senior administration officials, underscores the growing importance of this case to the U.S. national-security establishment.
The company, Motor Sich, is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of helicopter and airplane engines, and for years has supplied engines for the bulk of the Russian military-helicopter fleet. A sale to a group of companies, including Beijing Skyrizon Aviation, controlled by Chinese businessman Wang Jing, is pending.
Staffers at the National Security Council and the U.S. Embassy in Kiev are working to schedule a meeting between Mr. Bolton and the aerospace firm’s chief executive next week in Kiev, where Mr. Bolton plans to attend a security conference, a senior administration official said.
“We are going to have a conversation with the Ukrainians about China’s ambitions and what our view is of what China’s up to,” said another senior administration official. “This is all part of the national-security strategy and the national-defense strategy. It’s a strategic competition with China.”
Ukraine is a strategic U.S. ally in the region, and was the recipient of $250 million in U.S. military aid this year. Donald Winter, a former secretary of the Navy, was appointed this year as the Pentagon’s senior defense-industry adviser on Ukraine.
In 2014, the US supported coup d’etat deprived Ukraine’s industry of Russian markets, now the Americans want Ukrainians to stop trading with China. But since the Americans have technology comparable to the one produced in Motor Sich, they are not going to compensate for the losses incurred and will definitely not compensate for the ruined reputation the Ukrainian company will suffer.
But this is not the first time something like this happened. I quote from Wikipedia:
Ukraine’s Turboatom was to supply a turbine, but cancelled the deal after the US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright‘s visit to Kiev on 6 March 1998.