Heads of Foreign Affairs Committees of Germany, France and Poland: Crisis in Ukraine began with the Russian aggression and the use of its military power

Heads of Foreign Affairs Committees of Germany, France and Poland: Crisis in Ukraine began with the Russian aggression and the use of its military power
April 25, 2016.

Key spheres Ukraine should focus on are judiciary and focus on solving the crisis in Donbas on legal level.

Kyiv, April 25, 2016. Crisis in Ukraine began with the Russian aggression. The Russian Federation used military forces against Ukraine and crossed its borders. This opinion was expressed by Norbert Röttgen, Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag, at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. According to him, the process of implementation of the Minsk agreements is delayed. “Russia has not fulfilled the requirements that are clearly written in the Minsk agreements. And of course, they should withdraw heavy weapons and demilitarize the region,” stressed Mr. Röttgen.

On the other hand, Ukraine should not only expect Russia to fulfill the agreements, but be more active, he said. Ukrainian parliament should adopt the law on enabling holding elections in Donbas. “Ukraine must distinguish between the law on elections and holding of the elections. It is necessary to pass the law and create a legal basis for these elections. And thus demonstrate the desire of the Ukrainian side to hold elections,” explained Mr. Röttgen.

According to the Heads of the Foreign Affairs Committees, Ukraine should focus on reforming the country, in particular, on the fighting corruption. First of all, the legislation in this area should be implemented, noted Norbert Röttgen. Élisabeth Guigou, Chair of the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee of France, emphasized the need for reforms in the judiciary system. “It is necessary to implement reforms, especially in the field of judiciary. They should be implemented not only formally, by writing laws; the real independent judiciary should be implemented. This is a very important aspect,” stressed Élisabeth Guigou. Besides, according to Chair of the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee of France, Ukraine should introduce amendments to the Constitution regarding the status of Donbas.

During the joint visit, the Heads of the Foreign Affairs Committees of Germany, France and Poland are planning to discuss a number of issues with the Ukrainian party, in particular, with the new Prime Minister. Among them – the ceasefire in Donbas, liberation of Nadiya Savchenko, reform of the country, said Grzegorz Schetyna, Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Polish Sejm. “It is important that Ukraine starts  a new chapter in changing this difficult reality,” he said.

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