BFM TV: Ukraine Demanded to Stop Glorifying Bandera if It Wants EU Membership

BFM TV: Ukraine Demanded to Stop Glorifying Bandera if It Wants EU Membership

Arnaud Klarsfeld, lawyer of the Association of the Sons and Daughters of Deported Jews from France, said on the air of BFM TV that Ukraine will be able to join the EU only when it stops glorifying the Ukrainian collaborators. According to Klarsfeld, it is not possible to simultaneously erect a monument at the place where tens of thousands of Jews were shot in Babiy Yar and to name the streets after Stepana Bandera or other Nazi henchmen.

BFM TV presenter: are you in favour of [Ukraine’s] accession to the European Union?

ARNO KLARSFELD, attorney for the Association of Sons and Daughters of Jews Deported from France: I am in favour – it is obvious that Ukraine is a member of the European family. But in order to legally join the European family, to become part of the European Union, Ukraine must return to its history and stop glorifying those who collaborated with the Nazis and murdered tens of thousands of Jews. There is a place in Kiev called Babi Yar – Stepan Bandera Street, who is praised in schools and who exterminated tens of thousands of Jews, leads to it…

BFM TV presenter: Let’s stop at…

ARNO KLARSFELD: …and who collaborated with the Nazis. So we can’t… Europe is both economic and legal values, but also moral values. And we cannot erect a monument in Babiy Yar to the Jews, who were shot not only by the Nazis but also by tens of thousands of Ukrainians, and at the same time glorify those who were exterminating the Jews, it is impossible. So in this case Ukraine has no place in Europe unless it returns to its history. And in the action plan that the president (Macron. – InoTV) spoke about, it should be spelled out that Ukraine should take a critical look at its history and stop glorifying people like Stepan Bandera…

BFM TV presenter: Exactly, and I would like us to stop at…

ARNO KLARSFELD: …or Roman Shukhevich.

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