EU must react to riot of radical nationalists in Ukraine and attacks on peaceful citizens, - MEP

Source : 112 Ukraine

Helmut Scholz insists on the supremacy of law as the key solution in this issue
18:16, 23 July 2020

MEP Helmut Scholz

The European Union should provide a clear response to the raging of national radicals in Ukraine, and their attacks on peaceful citizens. Member of the European Parliament from Germany Helmut Scholz said so in a commentary.

According to the MEP, the EU has been lively discussing the issue of the supremacy of law in terms of any forms of extremism.

"I think there has to be a clear response of the EU to these attacks. Because these days, they've been discussing the question of relation of the supremacy of law and the new EU budget in 2021-2027. The focus on the supremacy of law includes a tough position regarding any form of law extremism, neo-fascism and the like. This should be a starlight in terms of relations with other countries, in particular with Ukraine", he said.

The official also claimed that his position in this regard remained unchanged.

"My position here is quite clear. The supremacy of law! Opposing such attacks and far-right activists, or militants who chose this way. They must not be allowed to do so, come what may. Of course, the development of events in the eastern regions of your country cannot serve as an excuse for someone else to earn patronage for the use of force in your country. I expect the same from the EU because, despite the depth of your conflict, it affects the real state of affairs in Ukraine. It's also in the interest of Ukrainian citizens to take a clear position against far-right extremist forces", the MEP said.

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At the same time, he admitted that the EU imposing of personal sanctions against leaders of far-right movements was a wrong tool to use. On the other hand, he stated that the uptick of such movements should stay in focus of the bilateral relations between Ukraine and the European community.

"My position is a clear one: in general, sanctions are not the right tool in solving certain political and economic issues, as well as interests, which may, as a result, contradict. Of course, there are these activists who choose force as a way to prove that their views on solving social and political issues in the country are right. The EU, including the European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of Europe cannot consider this as a norm. This is exactly why I would like to express a clear sign of support to Ukrainian politicians who faced these far-right extremists", Scholz said.

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