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Ukraine import-dependent, we depend on Russia, Belarus, - Medvedchuk

Source : 112 Ukraine

"We don't have enough coal, electricity and gas", the opposition figure says
21:03, 1 November 2021

Viktor Medvedchuk
112 Agency

Ukraine is by 75-80 percent dependent on import from other countries, including Belarus and Russia. Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party said so during the meeting with Maximilian Krah, member of the European Parliament, Peter Pystron, the member of the Bundestag's Committee for Foreign Policy and Ulrich Singer, the German Senator and member of the Committee for International Cooperation of the German Landtag.

"Unfortunately, Ukraine was and remains an import-dependent country because we're 75-80 percent dependent from other countries - including Belarus, Russia and many others. We don't have enough coal, electricity and today we don't have enough gas for own consumption and normal life", he said.

According to him, "whatever is happening in the country now, is happening because the government is professionally ineligible; it cannot find ways to solve the situation".

"The program of our party actually foresees resumption of economic cooperation with the Russian Federation. This is the main issue, and this issue must be resolved by Ukraine for the benefit of its citizens", the opposition politician said.   

In September, member of NATO PA and member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Joël Guerriau and member of French Senate, member of the commission of Foreign Affairs and Defense Forces Nathalie Goulet arrived in Kyiv. They visited Viktor Medvedchuk who remains in house arrest, and met with him and Vadym Rabinovych, the co-head of Opposition Platform - For Life party. Member of the commission of Foreign Affairs and Defense Forces Nathalie Goulet reiterated that the French delegation was about to return to their country with quite clear and solid roadmap in regard to Ukraine.

On February 20, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions against 8 individuals and 19 legal entities. Among them are three Ukrainian citizens - the politician Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko and the common-law wife of the owner of the NewsOne, ZIK, and 112 Ukraine channels, Taras Kozak, Natalya Lavreniuk.

On May 13, Kyiv court chose the restriction measure for Viktor Medvedchuk, the opposition MP and Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. On July 9, the court extended the house arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk until September 7. The lawyers of the politician stated about the recusal of the judge Serhiy Vovk right after the end of the court session. However, the court declined the appeal on recusal of the judge and prosecutor. On July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal refused to satisfy the appeal op the lawyers of Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk against the extension of the politician's house arrest until September 7.

The Opposition Platform - For Life responded to this legal arbitrariness, stressing that the political persecution of MP Taras Kozak has only one purpose: reprisals against independent media, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels, and the destruction of freedom of speech in Ukraine. 

Commenting on the situation, Viktor Medvedchuk emphasized that his lawyers were fully prepared to appeal against the measure of restraint and they have evidence that refutes the prosecution's accusation and prove the illegality of applying house arrest to him.

Thus, the defense filed an appeal against the decision of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv on extension of the measure of restraint for the politician. However, on July 30, the Kyiv Court of Appeal denied it, despite the defeat of all the arguments of the prosecution.

Over the past four months, the world media, European politicians, and experts have published more than 115,000 materials on the persecution of the opposition and independent TV channels by the Ukrainian authorities.

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