Ukraine in PACE – to convey the truth about the Kremlin’s aggression

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Ukraine in PACE - to convey the truth about the Kremlin's aggression

The fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on Europe to prevent; detoxification of Russia and its President Vladimir Putin

KYIV – Ukrainian delegation returned to the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe intending to continue the fight against the Russian occupation of Crimea and Donbass.

As a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, People’s Deputy Oleksiy Goncharenko says, today one of the main tasks is to continue to convey the truth to the countries of the Council of Europe about the Kremlin’s aggression..

“And this can be done, among other things, by taking part in meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly,” says Alexey Goncharenko to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.

He believes that Ukraine made a mistake by refusing to participate in the autumn session of the PACE.

“This site cannot be left to be torn apart by the Kremlin and its propagandists. This is an important international platform where you can convey the country’s position to the key audience – the national parliaments of the 47 countries of the Council of Europe. Therefore, you cannot quit it. It is necessary to work with this, to convey the truth, to convey the position of Ukraine, to demand the implementation of resolutions in connection with the war in Donbass, human rights in Crimea, the annexation of the peninsula, “Oleksiy Goncharenko emphasizes..

According to him, the Ukrainian delegation managed to challenge Russia’s credentials in PACE, this issue will be debated for two days.

“I think that we will not be able to close Russia’s access to the session, but this discussion has already taken place, and this gives us the opportunity to remind the European Union of all the crimes committed by the Putin regime,” emphasizes Aleksey Goncharenko.

The People’s Deputy of Ukraine notes that the Ukrainian delegation is acting “harmoniously”, demonstrates a unified position.

“It’s bad that in the fall it was decided not to go to PACE, and no work was done with other countries,” notes Aleksey Goncharenko.

On January 27, a member of the Ukrainian delegation, People’s Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Merezhko was elected one of the twenty vice-presidents from the PACE member states, reports hromadske.

As a reminder, on January 16, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada approved the return of Ukraine to work in PACE. The corresponding resolution was supported by 347 people’s deputies, RBC-Ukraine reports. The Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) began its work on January 27.

On the “detoxification” of Russia – in Strasbourg and Brussels

Ukraine negatively assesses the intentions to introduce in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe a new mechanism for imposing sanctions on member states that violate their statutory obligations.

This was stated by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Borys Tarasyuk in a commentary to the Ukrainian National News Agency “Ukrinform” in Strasbourg on January 27.

“The issue that concerns both statutory bodies of the Council of Europe is the interaction of the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly on the so-called new complementary procedure. This is an idea that, obviously, could negatively affect the organization’s ability to impose sanctions on countries that violate their statutory obligations. The Ukrainian delegation has a negative attitude to this procedure “, – said Boris Tarasyuk.

Ukraine in PACE - to convey the truth about the Kremlin's aggression

During a visit to Brussels, the fifth president of Ukraine, chairman of the European Solidarity party, Petro Poroshenko, called on Europe to prevent the “detoxification” of the Russian Federation and its President Vladimir Putin until the Russian aggression against Ukraine ends and the perpetrators are not punished.

This was reported by the press service of the “European Solidarity”.

“And we cannot allow Putin’s detoxification – when Putin returns to normal life, he will become a“ handshake ”. We will definitely do everything to motivate Putin to stop aggression against our state, to motivate Putin to restore sovereignty and bear appropriate responsibility for this aggression, “Petro Poroshenko said on January 27.

On forms of protest of non-participation in PACE

Ruslan Bortnik, director of the Ukrainian Institute for Policy Analysis and Management, calls it a mistake not to attend the previous session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

“We have resolved the mistake that the Ukrainian delegation chose such a form of protest as non-attendance at the PACE session. The absence of the Ukrainian delegation in PACE allowed the Russian delegation to take root, build and restore horizontal ties, and today Russia’s positions at the sessions are even stronger than before, ”says Ruslan Bortnik to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.

He believes that the previous Ukrainian government should have looked for other forms of protest, but not those that lead to a weakening of national interest in the international arena..

“Today in PACE Ukraine has to solve several tasks – to ensure control over the implementation of old resolutions in the Donbass and Crimea. These are complex regulatory procedures and require a lot of experience and significant authority and efforts, and those MPs who went to PACE are not experienced enough, it will be extremely difficult for them to cope with this. Perhaps, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to PACE, former Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk, a very experienced diplomat, will to some extent neutralize this weakness of the Ukrainian delegation, “Ruslan Bortnik believes..

He explains his position by the fact that working with the Council of Europe requires knowledge of the bureaucratic mechanisms of the organization in order to achieve the set goals..

“Working, for example, with decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), compliance with a Council of Europe convention is a huge layer of work that requires enormous competence. Ukraine is in an uncomfortable situation – we are leaders in the number of unfulfilled decisions of the ECHR. At the same time, the returning Russian delegation will try to impose its agenda in PACE, the story of backstage crises and the struggle between Ukraine and the Russian delegation will continue, “Ruslan Bortnik believes..

The political scientist notes that the new delegation will be faced with the task of searching for new meanings and methods in work in order to return the credibility and trust of the Ukrainian delegation..

“After the resignation of Pedro Agramunt, whom the Ukrainian delegation actually dismissed, it was necessary to defend our national interests, and not just take a deaf political posture. It will not be possible to exclude the Russian delegation again, for PACE this will mean a loss of up to 54 million euros a year. Europe has resigned itself to Russia’s position and is not going to punish it again, so Ukraine no longer has this instrument, ”Ruslan Bortnik believes..

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