Vice-Speaker of Ukraine’s Parliament Oksana Syroyid explained her decision to close the Verkhovna Rada session after the initiative to give word to policemen of Donetsk region was announced. Oksana Syroyid commented on her actions to the journalist of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“The Parliament has to work according to the defined procedure. Only MPs can be present in the session hall or other individuals in special places. Other individuals can hold a speech in the session hall if 150 people’s deputies vote for this according to the procedure. Also, one of the crucial demands of the democracy is that law enforcement officers cannot be present at place where parliamentary debates take place,” the Vice-Speaker said.
During the morning session, three fractions (Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Narodny Front, Lyashko Radical Party) called to give the floor to policemen who participated in the incident at the block post in Slovyansk involving non-affiliated deputy Volodymyr Parasyuk.
The policemen came to the tribune together with MPs but the Vice-Speaker closed the session.
Oksana Syroyid is the member of Samopomich Party that supports the blockade initiative.
Earlier it was reported that Oksana Syroyid, the deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, announced the morning session closed for today because of military men inside.