Opening speech by the Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk after the meeting of the delegation of the "Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue for Peace: Ukraine - Russia - Germany - France" delegation presented by MPs of the Opposition Platform - For Life and the MPs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation in Moscow.
Dear media, we are certainly very pleased with our today's meeting, it was really productive, and I am sure it will be effective.
Despite the fact that today in these walls historical events were taking place with the participation of those MPs and the leaders of the State Duma with whom we met, but they took the time today to discuss issues of implementation of the Minsk agreements, in order to drive forward the issue of peace-making in Ukraine.
So, unfortunately, today in Ukraine we have a situation that continues under the new government. And therefore, we took a serious step, which is called the “Parliamentary dimension of the Normandy format". Russian President Vladimir Putin gave such a name to this dimension and the project of inter-parliamentary relations back in December at the meeting when, informing him about the creation of inter-faction deputy parliamentary guiding inside the walls of the Verkhovna Rada, we proposed meetings of parliamentarians from Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany.
As we reported earlier, on March 10 Ukrainian and Russian MPs met in Moscow as participants of the Normandy Four talks. The lawmakers of Ukrainian and Russian parliaments negotiated in the Russian capital.
The main goal of the meeting was the presentation of the "parliamentary dimension of the Normandy Format", which is taking place within the initiative called "Interparliamentary dialogue for peace: Ukraine-Russia-Germany-France".
The parliamentarians discussed the topic of a peaceful solution of Donbas and living up to Minsk agreements, as there is no recognized alternative to this mechanism.
Besides, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk and the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. The idea of creating a parliamentary dimension of the Normandy format was also discussed during the meeting.