MPs can and should influence the government. A member of the Committee on International Relations, the Committee on Human Rights, co-chairman of the German-Ukrainian group of parliamentarians Anton Friesen stated this after the Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Party, Ukrainian MP Viktor Medvedchuk’s meeting with the Bundestag MPs took place in Paris.
"I think that MPs can and should influence their government. This is our main goal - just to influence our government, the German government, the French government and, of course, the Ukrainian government, the Russian government. Overall, to influence all the parties of the Normandy format. And this is the role of the parliamentarians - to influence the governments and approve or propose constructive measures in order to resolve this conflict," he said.
"I think it is very important to have meetings not only in a specific format, not only between, for example, German and Ukrainian or German and Russian parties, but still that all parties, such as German, Russian and Ukrainian parties, that all parliamentarians of these three parties, and of course the French side, could meet together. And by the way, for example, sanctions against Russian parliamentarians are, of course, counterproductive because these ladies and gentlemen simply cannot enter the EU country. It is counterproductive, it is against the dialogue," Friesen emphasized.
As we reported earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk, the MP and Chairman of Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party had a meeting with French lawmakers and senators on January 23, where he presented the "Parliamentary dimension of the Normandy Format".