Logvynsky: International arena is key for de-occupation

Source : 112 Ukraine

PACE Vice President commented on Ukraine’s current status in PACE and prospects for dialogue with Russia
18:18, 23 January 2017

Georgiy Logvynsky

Negotiations at the international arena are the key opportunity to release the occupied territories of Ukraine. Georgiy Logvynsky, the newly elected Vice President of PACE said this while commenting on his new position at the Assembly.

‘Though Mr. Agramunt, the PACE President, would really like to see some Russian faces here in the Assembly, he’s still very clear about his stance – saying that Crimea is Ukraine, that the annexation of the peninsula was illegal, and that there are Russian troops in Donbas. This is why we need his support to protect our interests in this quite complicated situation. The international arena is the main key for de-occupation. You see, there is nothing we could talk about with Russia – at least face-to-face.  They have no respect for the weak ones, and they treat us as the weak ones; they destroyed our infrastructure, undermined our economic potential, so they are really interested in us being a fancy county at the king’s feet. Here at PACE, we fight a similar war: there are Kremlin’s agents, and there are offers to return the Russian delegation to PACE – only to lift the sanctions,’ Logvynsky said.

The PACE winter plenary session kicked off today in Strasbourg; it is to last until January 27. Ukrainiian issue will be discussed among the others.

Related: Ukrainian Logvynsky becomes PACE Vice-President

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