Contents tagged with Verkhovna Rada

  • US, EU ambassadors and IMF ask Ukrainian parliament to postpone consideration of illicit enrichment bills

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the US and EU ambassadors to Ukraine have sent a letter to the relevant Ukrainian parliamentary committee asking it to postpone the consideration of all 13 pending bills on the penalty for illicit enrichment, since all the initiatives that have been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine so far are defective, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “The US ambassador, the IMF mission, and the EU ambassador have written a letter – it arrived today: They request …

  • OSCE expresses regret that Russian observers are banned from monitoring Ukraine's presidential elections

    OSCE Secretary General, Thomas Greminger, expressed regret and concern regarding decision to ban Russian citizens from being official observers at the 2019 elections in Ukraine, reports Interfax-Ukraine. 

    “I share the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) director's regret and concern because it is not very good not to follow the structure of the monitoring methodology,” he said.

    Greminger noted that he follows with interest what is happening in Ukraine. However, he …

  • Ukrainian President signs law banning Russian observers from participation in elections

    President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has signed the law prohibiting Russian observers’ from participation in Ukraine's elections, announced the head of state press service.

    "President signed the law that prohibits representatives of an aggressor country from being official observers at the elections in Ukraine," said the report.

    The law makes amendments to Ukraine's presidential, parliamentary, and local elections laws. It determines that a citizen of the country, recognized by the …

  • Klimkin: Ukraine is ready to terminate the Sea of Azov agreement with Russia

    Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, announced that in the foreseeable future, Ukraine is preparing to terminate the agreement with Russia on the Sea of Azov. 

    "In the foreseeable future, we will do it. After the hearings, our legal position will be determined, and the international arbitration issues will be resolved," he said. At the same time, he added that if Kyiv had terminated the agreement earlier, “Russia would have used it to weaken the legal position” of the Ukrainian side. 

    The …

  • Poroshenko signs changes to Constitution on Ukraine’s EU and NATO aspirations

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law that consolidates in the Constitution the mandate of the Verkhovna Rada, the president, and the Cabinet of Ministers to implement Ukraine’s strategic course towards acquiring full-fledged membership in the EU and NATO. The changes also remove from the Constitution provisions that allow for a foreign state to rent military bases in Ukraine.

    The president signed the law during a special parliamentary session dedicated to the fifth anniversary …

  • Kremlin: Russia to send election observers to Ukraine on voting day

    Russia intends to send observers to monitor Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections directly on voting day – 31 March – as part of the OSCE’s international observation mission, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported. 

    The department claims to have received a circular request on 12 February from the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to send short-term observers to the Ukrainian presidential elections. 

    “Russia intends to use its right to participate in the …

  • Ukrainian Parliament calls on NATO to provide Ukraine with Membership Action Plan

    The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada asked NATO member countries to support Ukraine's intention to become a member of the Alliance and to start a formal dialogue on a Membership Action Plan at the NATO Summit in London in December 2019, Interfax-Ukraine reports. The draft decision and request were supported by 243 People's Deputies at the plenary meeting of the Parliament on Thursday. 

    "We are calling on the heads of NATO member states to approve... the given decision at the anniversary Summit of the …

  • Ukrainian Parliament prohibits Russian observers from monitoring Ukrainian Presidential elections

    On Thursday, February 7, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada adopted Bill Number 9524 prohibiting Russian citizens from participating as observers in the elections. The bill was supported by 232 People's Deputies. 

    "The representatives of the occupying country that has waged war against Ukraine for five years have no legal or moral rights to come to us. We cannot even imagine who these observers could be. They could be saboteurs, provocateurs,” said Anna Hopko, Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, and …

  • Bill prohibiting Russian representatives from monitoring Ukrainian Presidential elections submitted to Verkhovna Rada

    The bill prohibiting Russian representatives  to take port in monitoring the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ukraine has been registered in the Verkhovna Rada, stated First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko. 

    According to her, the bill was initiated by Iryna Lutsenko, a representative of the Ukrainian president in the Verkhovna Rada. 

    Earlier, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin promised that the Foreign Ministry would not register observers from …

  • Kremlin complains German representatives refused to attend the conference in Russia because of participants from Crimea

    German representatives refused to participate in the fifth meeting of the heads of Russian and German educational and research organizations that should have taken place in Kazan on February 4 to 6, reported the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

    The Ministry noted that the German representatives objected to the participation of the Crimean Federal University’s Principal, Andrei Falaleev at the conference. 

    “Just a week before the forum, German Foreign Ministry and the conference of principals of …