Ukraine’s MPs boycotted forum in Poland due to presence of pro-Russian MEPs
11:29, 25 January 2016

Ukraine’s MPs boycotted forum in Poland due to presence of pro-Russian MEPs

Deputy Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament left the discussion to show discontent with speech of a Russian representative

11:29, 25 January 2016

Ukrainian MPs demonstratively left the Europe-Ukraine forum in Poland because of presence of pro-Russian members of the European Parliament. Because of pro-Russian European parliamentarians who wanted to take part in the debates, the minority of the Members of Verkhovna Rada caused the boycott during this event.

Ukraine's Vice Speaker Oksana Syroid reported the details of the incident, Channel 24 informs.

Valeriy Solovey, Department Chairman of the connection with community in the MSUFA (Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs), joined the discussion, in which Syroid was taking part. In order to show her protest against the speech of the Russian representative, she went out from the hall before the official end of the discussion.

Ukraine’s representatives from other events of the forum also walked away, including MPs Yegor Soboliev and Tetiana Chornovol. They made boycotts against the participant in one of the discussion panel because of the presence of the scandalous member of the European Parliament Yanush Korvin-Mikke. Because of his pro-Russian deeds, he is considered to be “persona non grata” in Ukraine.

According to Oksana Syroid, because of these provocations she has the questions to the organizers of the forum.

“It seems to me that this meeting makes no sense, because we all know the position of Russia and how can it help in the dialogue between Ukraine and the rest of Europe. If this country cannot help in this dialogue then what is the reason of its presence here?”, she said.

Earlier, the delegation of Ukraine made the diplomatic walkout protesting against the beginning of Russia’s chairmanship in the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

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