Contents tagged with European Parliament

  • Poroshenko denounces European Parliament deputies’ trips to the Crimea

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani after the signing ceremony of the decision to implement an EU visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens, the presidential press service reports.

    During the meeting, Poroshenko sharply condemned the cases of illegal visits by certain members of the European Parliament to the annexed territories of the Crimea and the Donbas, and asked Tajani not to allow such visits in the future.

    It was noted …

  • European Parliament urges Russia to free Ukrainian political prisoners detained in the Crimea

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding Ukrainian political prisoners that are being illegally detained by Russia in the annexed Crimea.

    The MEPs urged Russia to immediately release these Ukrainians and appealed to the EU with a call for new sanctions against those responsible for this harassment of Ukrainian citizens.

    451 Eurodeputies voted for the resolution and 73 opposed it. 86 European parliamentarians abstained from the vote.

    In a resolution called "Ukrainian prisoners …

  • European Parliament was urged to increase pressure on Moscow to end repression in Crimea

    On March 13, human rights activists and relatives of Ukrainian prisoners in Russia urged the European Parliament to increase international pressure on Moscow.

    “In authoritarian Russia, getting justice is impossible. The only chance for our relatives to return home and put a stop to the increasing political repression in the annexed Crimea is to increase international pressure on Moscow, which deliberately disregards the principles of international law,” the statement said.

    Human rights …

  • European Parliament calls for new sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Avdiivka

    The European Parliament called for introducing news sanctions against Russia as a result of the aggravated situation in the Donbas and failure to implement the Minsk agreements.

    This was stated in the European Parliament by the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Guy Verhofstadt, Ukrinform reports.

    "The EU should maintain the existing sanctions and prepare new ones if Russia continues to ignore the international law," he said commenting on the with the escalation of …

  • Poroshenko discusses further European integration with President of the European Parliament

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, conducted a telephone conversation with the new President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, the website of the President announced. The parties discussed the completion of procedures required for imposition of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the European Union and also the entry into force of the EU-Ukraine Associations Agreement.

    Poroshenko expressed his hope that the European Parliament would continue to support Ukraine on the …

  • The European Parliament is angered by fuel supply for Russian aircraft in Syria through EU waters

    Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake demanded an investigation into the supply of jet fuel to Syria by Russian tankers through EU waters. The politician addressed this request to the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, after this information was circulated by media, Reuters reports.

    At least two ships under the Russian flag were delivering fuel to Syria via Cyprus. It was reported that they stopped in Cypriot ports …

  • The President of the European Parliament: Russia violates international law

    Speaking at the EU summit in Brussels, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, accused Russia of violating all principles of international law by bombing the city of Aleppo in tandem with the Syrian government. The President of the European Parliament stated that Russia maintains a painful status quo in Syria as well as in Ukraine.

    “Russia is a country that poses a threat to the architecture of world security and established principles of international law,” Schulz stated, as …

  • Member of the European Parliament: Elections in the Donbas are not possible

    A Member of the Parliamentary Association Committee between the EU and Ukraine, Rebecca Harms, said that elections within the separatist-held territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions cannot be carried out until the border is under the control of the Ukrainian authorities or an international organization such as the United Nations (UN)."Elections are very important in this region. However, having elections under conditions where the territory is controlled by the 'green men' and mercenaries …

  • First Deputy Chairman of Verkhovna Rada accuses Members of the European Parliament of having 'double standards'

    The European Parliament has decided to limit the official MEP visit program to Kyiv, Ukraine due to the security situation in the Donbas, as was written by the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament), Iryna Herashchenko, on her Facebook page. According to her, the visits by MEPs — members of the Parliamentary Association Committee — have been scheduled since May. The MEPs themselves have expressed a desire to visit not only Kyiv but also the Donbas region.

    "The …

  • European Parliament sees no reason to lift sanctions on Russia following release of Savchenko

    The Member of the European Parliament for Alliance 90/The Greens, Rebecca Harms, stated in her interview with Deutsche Welle that the European Parliament sees no reason for lifting sanctions against the Russian Federation following the release of Ukrainian pilot, Nadiya Savchenko. According to Harms, the exchange of prisoners and hostages is only a part of Minsk Agreements and isn’t the most essential part.

    Harms noted that the restoration of Ukraine’s control over certain areas of Ukrainian- …