German MEP Maximilian Krah submitted a priority question for written answer to the Vice-President of the Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
"On 9 December 2019, President Macron hosted a fresh Normandy-format summit in Paris. This is an initiative to be welcomed. Peace in Ukraine is important for the EU and its relations with Russia and Ukraine.
In order to speed up the peace process, Viktor Medvedchuk, leader of the second-strongest Ukrainian political party, has proposed that the Minsk II agreement be broadened to include a parliamentary dimension.
In late January and early February 2020, meetings took place in the French Senate, in the Russian Duma and in the German Bundestag. The initiative was supported by MPs from government and opposition parties alike in those three chambers.
1. What does the Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy think of this Ukrainian initiative?
2. What further steps does he consider appropriate in an effort to push the Ukrainian Government to implement the Minsk II agreement?"
As we reported earlier, on March 10 Ukrainian and Russian MPs met in Moscow as participants of the Normandy Four talks. The lawmakers of Ukrainian and Russian parliaments negotiated in the Russian capital.
The interfaction parliamentary union was created in the Ukrainian Parliament in November 2019. Viktor Medvedchuk chaired it. The initiative foresees that MPs from the Normandy Four member countries will be involved in the peace process.
The parliamentarians discussed the topic of a peaceful solution of Donbas and living up to Minsk agreements, as there is no recognized alternative to this mechanism.