Contents tagged with Verkhovna Rada

  • Ukrainian Parliament calls for withdrawal from Azov Sea treaty with Russia

    Ukrainian deputies introduced a bill to the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliamnent) that would cancel the treaty between Russia and Ukraine on the joint use of the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait. The corresponding message is posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada. The draft resolution is addressed to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.

    The bill was registered on July 10 by members of the Samopomich (Self Reliance) party.  However, the document has not …

  • Ukrainian Parliament urges the EU to stop construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Deputies of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada urged the EU to rely on Ukraine’s gas transportation network capability, and cease construction of the “politically motivated” Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

    233 of the deputies supported the draft resolution in which Ukraine seeks to confirm its strategic role as a transit country of natural gas to the European Union, the 112 Ukraine channel reports.

    “We expect ... measures to be taken in order to prevent the construction of a politically motivated …

  • Ukraine: Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is Russia's weapon

    The Deputy Speaker of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, Oksana Syroyid, stated that the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is a “Russian weapon,” 112 Ukraine TV reports.

    “Russia will keep winning and we do not know when they will stop,” Syroyid said. “The Nord Stream-2 is a weapon, which Russia has already delivered to Berlin, and the only question is: when will they use it?”

    On June 13, George Tuka, the Deputy Minister for the temporarily-occupied territories, called the Nord Stream-2 a “threat to European …

  • Ukrainian Parliament passes law on anti-corruption court

    Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has passed a bill “On the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court”. 315 MPs voted in favor of law No. 7440.

    The day before, the Ukrainian government managed to reach an agreement with the creditors concerning an amendment to the powers of the Public Council of International Experts in the selection of judge candidates for the anti-corruption court.

    The council will consist of six people, and not seven as had been planned previously. A minimum of three votes will be needed to …

  • US Ambassador: Ukraine to lose billions of dollars if Rada does not adopt Anti-Corruption Court law

    US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch stated that Ukraine will be refused billions of dollars in international aid if the Verkhovna Rada fails to pass the law "On the High Anti-Corruption Court", which was agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    "Failure to pass an IMF-compliant bill would erode Ukraine’s ability to fight corruption, prevent Ukraine from receiving billions of dollars in assistance, and destabilize the economy. Getting this right is essential for building a …

  • Ukrainian MP: Russia’s Kerch Bridge to Crimea should be given to Ukraine

    Refat Chubarov, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, stated in an interview with the Obozrevatel news outlet that Russia should hand over the Crimean bridge “as contribution” to a special “international consortium” which should be established to operate the bridge.

    “As the country that annexed Crimea, Russia should hand over the Crimean Bridge as a contribution to the international consortium for damage caused [to Ukraine],” Chubarov stated. “The transfer agreement should contain measures …

  • Ukraine preparing to respond to Germany's plan to help construct Nord Stream-2

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is preparing a response to Germany's intentions to participate in the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, as stated in the comments to by the Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for European Integration and Deputy from Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Maria Ionova.

    "We have already discussed this issue (Germany’s permission to build Nord Stream 2) and I can say that on behalf of the parliament we will once again make a statement regarding …

  • Ukraine's Parliament ratifies agreement with Moldova on joint border control

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Moldova on the joint control of persons, vehicles, goods, and articles in joint border crossing points through the Ukrainian-Moldovan state border, UNIAN reports.

    234 deputies voted in favor of this decision, whereas the minimum required number of support votes is 226.

    The law (No. 0175) provides for the ratification of the Treaty, concluded on October 6, 2017 in Moldova.

    According to the explanatory …

  • Ukraine adopts Donbas reintegration bill calling Russia ‘country-aggressor’

    On Thursday, January 18, the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) approved in the second reading and overall the draft law "On the specifics of the state policy on securing the state sovereignty of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions" submitted by President Poroshenko.

    The law recognizes Russia as an aggressor state. At the same time, the deputies refused to support the proposal to denounce the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership …

  • Ukrainian Parliament refuses to recognize separatist DPR and LPR as ‘terrorist organizations’

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine refused to recognize the self-proclaimed Donetsk [DPR] and Luhansk People's Republics [LPR] as "terrorist organizations" without collecting sufficient votes during the consideration of amendments to the bill on the reintegration of the Donbas, as NewsOne reports.

    76 out of the 340 present in the hall deputies voted for the adoption of the amendments.

    On January 16th, the Parliament of Ukraine discussed in the second reading a bill “On the peculiarities of state …