The European Parliament supported the negotiations of the delegation of the political party “Opposition Platform – For Life” led by Viktor Medvedchuk, the Chairman of its political council, and Yuriy Boyko, the presidential candidate, with Alexey Miller, Gazprom Head (Russian energy monopolist), and Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev.
“The fact that some presidential candidates propose to cooperate with Russia if this would facilitate de-escalation of the conflict, I think, it’s a good initiative. This meets the interests of everyone – Ukraine, Russian and the EU. We depend on Russian gas (40% of consumption). Obviously, Ukraine has to play an important role in establishing our relationships despite the fact that, as we see, some pro-Western powers in Ukraine play their role and this is a game against Russia. And in fact, it is not in Ukraine’s and Europe’s interests. To look at both sides: Russia and Europe. This is a Ukrainian peculiarity which we have to respect. Yet, this position has to be used for mediation in settlement of Russian-European political and economic relationships,” MEP Nicolas Bay stated.
Earlier, some lawmakers in the European Parliament positively evaluated the latest visit of the delegation of Opposition Bloc - For Life to Russia. The political party's leaders Viktor Medvedchuk and Yuriy Boiko held negotiations with Russian PM Dmitriy Medvedev and Gazprom Head Aleksei Miller. The talks were focused on resuming direct supplies of the Russian gas to Ukraine and keeping the transit across the Ukrainian gas transport system.
Julia Reid, Member of the European Parliament for the South West England region, believes that the talks between Kyiv and Moscow have to concern Ukrainians and no one else has the right to interfere.
“Without the negotiation of this contract, the current one, which runs out in 2020, there would be no gas flowing through the pipeline and this will be very bad for the peoples of Eastern Europe and even Germany who actually get their gas from Russia. If you remember 2009, when there was war, very many people suffered and some people even died because there was insufficient gas, or there was no gas coming through and they couldn’t heat their homes in a very cold winter. So, myself and my fellow colleagues, we welcome that there should be a negotiation of contact between Ukraine and Russia. It enables Ukraine to be more of a bridge than a wall between the European Union and Moscow. So we would hope that this goes ahead and the contract for gas will be renewed,” Julia Reid, said.
At the same time, Jonathan Bullock thinks that Europeans should act as separate states. According to Bullock, Ukraine should act in the interests of Ukraine.
“I do think that it’s much better for nation-states to act individually, so Ukraine’s to do what’s best in Ukraine’s interest and likewise we in Western Europe and in the United Kingdom, for example, to do what we would like. For example, I’d like to see more emphasis on nuclear power rather than renewables, because nuclear power can be consistent and not intermittent. But it is important that the nation states can act in a sovereign way,” said Jonathan Bullock, a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands constituency.