During the debates about the EU-Russia relations in the European Parliament, German MEP Maximilian Krah claimed that Europe resorts to double standards in terms of persecutions of opposition in Ukraine.
He admitted that the report presented during the debates is "a declaration of the cold war".
"It is aggressive in its tone and its content, and it doesn't consider the option of constructive cooperation with Russia. It's fine by the majority, which finds it suitable, but they have no support of the majority of citizens", Krah said.
He added that in Germany, three quarters of citizens who enjoy the right to vote said in a recent poll that they supported the work of Nord Stream 2. In other countries, the situation is similar, the politician said.
"That kind of Russophobia that is supported here has no roots among the population, besides, it has signs of double standards. We speak about Mr.Navalny, a very problematic politician who expressed racist slogans, but why no one mentions Mr. Medvedchuk, the opposition leader in Kyiv who is under house arrest now? One man, an elected member of the Parliament can be arrested, and the other one who committed economic crimes - doesn't. They just can't explain it, and neither can they explain their Russophobia. This is why we're going to work and see to it that the peace is reached via mutual understanding and diplomacy. I say principal "no" to this report", Krah said.
On September 2, Pechersk district court decided to extend the house arrest for Ukrainian MP, Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk until October 31.