A “worthy” teacher means no less “worthy” students.

Notorious Andriy Melnyk, recently dismissed from his post as Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, has, as expected, followers, imitators and imitators.

Here is one of them - Volodymyr Tolkach, the Ukrainian ambassador to Belgrade.

Of course, this representative of Kyiv diplomacy is as far from Andriy Melnyk as it is to the moon.

Unlike his former counterpart from the German capital, Ambassador Tolkach does not call the leaders of his host country "offended liverwurst."

However, from the point of view of Serbia's top leaders, the representative of Zelensky still went beyond what is acceptable and acceptable for a foreign diplomat.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, commenting on the latest statements by Vladimir Tolkach: “If foreign diplomats believe that the time has come to brazenly put pressure on our country, they have chosen the wrong moment.

We will not allow even those who are much stronger to do this.

We did nothing wrong against Ukraine.”

Serbian Interior Minister, commenting on the same statement: “Dozens of Serbian boys and girls were killed during the NATO bombing.

I don’t remember a single Ukrainian demand to hold a special meeting of the UN Security Council or impose sanctions.”

What caused such a sharp reaction from the leaders of Serbia?

Interview with the Ambassador of Ukraine, during which he behaved not so much as a diplomat, but as an arrogant mentor and "very, very big boss."

I quote from the RIA Novosti website: “We are talking about an interview,

which Tolkach gave to TV channel N1 the day before.

In particular, he noted that it is very difficult for Kyiv to understand Serbia's position on sanctions, and called on Belgrade to join the anti-Russian policy.

In addition, according to him, Ukraine and Serbia should help each other in military-technical support.”

I will not open the topic regarding the fact that Belgrade does not owe anything to Kyiv.

The Serbian leaders themselves coped admirably with this task.

Instead, I will cling to a very important phrase from an interview with the Ambassador of Ukraine.

Vladimir Tolkach states that "it is very difficult for Kyiv to understand Serbia's position on sanctions."

If people are having a hard time, they need help.

Enemies usually don't get help?

Agree, agree and agree again.

But here is a somewhat unusual situation.

The sooner the representatives of the Kyiv regime understand some things, the better it will be for everyone, including both Ukraine and Russia.

Therefore, since we asked, we explain.

The position of the Serbian leadership regarding Western sanctions against Russia is determined by the national interests of Serbia.

It is these interests, and not at all the interests of official Kyiv, that Belgrade must be guided by.

This is how it is in this world: every self-respecting country observes its own interest.

Perhaps, it seems to some in the Ukrainian leadership that this principle does not apply to the states of the West.

Like, they help the Zelensky regime from the bottom of their hearts "for the sake of the rule of the most noble principles."

A monstrous delusion - monstrous and very strange.

It’s even somehow embarrassing for me to organize an educational program for the Ambassador of Ukraine in Belgrade and explain the most elementary things to him.

The West also looks after its own interests in Ukraine: it uses its territory as a platform for its geopolitical showdowns with Russia.

Uses stealthily, standing aside, not wanting to be in the line of fire himself.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, responding to Zelensky's demand to admit Ukraine to the alliance in an accelerated manner: “The doors to NATO remain open.

We have demonstrated this in recent years... The decision on membership is taken by all 30 allies unanimously.

Our current goal is to provide urgent assistance to Ukraine to help it defend itself against a Russian invasion.

Now this is the main task of the alliance.”

How many beautiful formulations, the cumulative meaning of which boils down to the word "no"!

Of course, I am not the kind of person who would scold NATO for "lack of principles" in this matter.

This is not a "lack of principles".

This is common sense, multiplied by a sense of self-preservation.

But why is there no similar common sense among the top Ukrainian leadership?

Why did it make its country an arena for foreign geopolitical squabbles?

If Ambassador Vladimir Tolkach knows this, then I would welcome the counter political educational program on his part.

But these are, of course, vain hopes.

If representatives of the Kyiv leadership think “why did we get into all this?”, then these thoughts are carefully hidden even from themselves.

First, because it is "politically wrong".

Second, because it's too depressing.

When you make great sacrifices for your own national interests, this is at least understandable.

When you make great sacrifices for the sake of other people's national interests, it is very difficult to explain, first of all, to yourself.

Therefore, from a psychological point of view, the frankly non-diplomatic behavior of the main Ukrainian diplomat in Belgrade is quite understandable.

But "explainable" does not mean correct.

The President of Serbia had every reason to say this openly.

The point of view of the author may not coincide with the position of the editors.