French senator: We're concerned about closure of independent media in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Joël Guerriau visited Kyiv on the invitation of Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel
16:55, 7 September 2021

Joel Guerriau

France wants to find out what's going on in terms of freedom of speech in Ukraine, and to hear out all parties to this case. Joël Guerriau, the Secretary of the French Senate, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces said so during his visit in Kyiv. The official came to Ukraine on the invitation of Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel.

"It's been more or less a year since we've been here, in view of coronavirus pandemic. It's my second visit, whih means we want to have a clear vision of what's going on in Ukraine. What is going on in terms of freedom fo speech is really crucial because it may end up in freedom of speech speaking with only one voice. And we will be following [the situation] and looking in that direction. I'd like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to meet you. On the one hand, we have an official position, and we'd like to make our own conclusions. And we would like to get focused on truth from what both sides are saying. And I believe, it will be quite important to see the large scale and the actual position that is there", he said. 

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"What do we hear from our colleagues in France? They heard that someone blocks Minsk agreements, and it is Putin who should be blamed for this blockade. Meanwhile, President Zelensky is working to restore peace. This actual idea is shared by our parliamentarians. I would like to hear from you whatever you think about it. But the situation is actually the following: there's a view, and they share it. And we're very glad that MPs from districts of Donbas are here, at this meeting, and we're glad to hear what they think about this situation. We will be working to develop another view, which differs from the official one. And we could become the advocates of this new position, but I gather, this choice is going to be a tough one. I'm asking you to provide us with all information that would let us act from a different position", the senator concluded.

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