PACE disagreements: 'Putin trying to turn PACE into division of Russian Parliament'

16:13 Oct. 11, 2016

'Putin trying to turn PACE into division of Russian Parliament'

Iryna Gerashchenko at Ukrainian Parliament (GettyImages Photo)

Ukraine MP Iryna Gerashchenko on Hollande's PACE speech about Minsk, Putin's canceled visit to France

Ukraine insists on the consequential implementation of the Minsk agreements, where security and humanitarian issues must be solved before the political settlement of the Donbas conflict could be done.

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This is reported by Ukraine's MP and Minsk Contact group member Iryna Gerashchenko from PACE session in Strasbourg. Her statement arrived after French President Francois Hollande's speech on Minsk deal.

The position of Ukraine is different and it is more realistic and not fantastic: the political bloc can be solved only after resolving the security and humanitarian issues. Obviously at first the Russian Federation and its mercenaries have to implement the security and humanitarian blocs and to withdraw the illegal armed formations and weapons. We insist on the immediate restoration of control over the border. And we call to form the Minsk group on Ukraine's recovering its border',Gerashchenko posted on Facebook.

She said, Ukraine would continue to make its position clear to the European colleagues, hoping that Europe would become aware that Putin is ‘violating international norms and principles' every day in Ukraine, Syria, and everywhere ‘he pokes his nose, including PACE which he tries to make some kind of Duma's division.'

Read also: Putin cancels Paris visit after Hollande's comments - media

Gerashchenko also commented on Putin's visit to France, which the Russian President had cancelled earlier today. According to Hollande, Putin had planned to arrive in France to take part in a series of events. The French President was only to meet with him only to discuss Syria, but Putin postponed his visit.

Putin has nothing to tell the French leader and he avoids answering questions about Syria and Ukraine. I am convinced that due to the situation world has to act appropriately and enhance sanctions against country that supports terrorism', Gerashchenko said. 

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