Contents tagged with Verkhovna Rada

  • 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 …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko extends moratorium on agricultural land sale

     Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law (bill No. 9355-5) that provides for the extension of a moratorium on the sale of agricultural land until January 1, 2020, as reported on the Verkhovna Rada's website ,

    The moratorium was first introduced in 2001. Since 2002, the moratorium has been acting as a temporary measure to ensure the regulatory settlement of land relations and the creation of land market infrastructure. The Verkhovna Rada has repeatedly extended the moratorium. …

  • Ukrainian Parliament to start new session with changes to the Constitution of Ukraine

    According to the Verkhovna Rada’s meeting schedule for February 5 to 8, Parliament will review Draft Bill No. 9037 in the second reading on February 7, which establishes in the Ukrainian Constitution the authority of Parliament, the head of state and the government to implement the country's strategic course for acquiring full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

    At least 300 votes are required to adopt the Draft Bill.

    The draft bill supplements …

  • President Poroshenko: In the next five years Ukraine will receive a decision on NATO membership

    In an interview with television channel Ukraina, President Petro Poroshenko stated that he is confident that in the next five years Ukraine will receive a decision regarding NATO membership. 

    “We must meet the criteria for membership in the European Union… and meet the criteria regarding NATO membership. I am sure that by that time (in 5 years) we will already have an action plan regarding NATO membership, we will have a decision regarding Ukraine receiving membership,” said Poroshenko, …

  • Savchenko's party nominates her for the Presidency of Ukraine

    The Party Social and Political Platform of Nadiya Savchenko nominated her as a candidate for Presidency of Ukraine by unanimous decision, stated civil network OPORA on Saturday, January 26.

    "The delegates held pomegranates in their hands and chanted "Freedom to Nadiya Savchenko, freedom to Ukrainian political prisoners,” the statement reads. OPORA added that Savchenko’s program includes changing the Ukrainian political system constitutionally.

    As noted on Savchenko's page on Facebook, more …

  • Ukrainian President signs draft law on mine clearance in the Donbas

    On Tuesday, January 22nd, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko  signed draft law №9080-1 “On mine action in Ukraine.” Relevant information is listed on the draft law card on the Verkhovna Rada website. 

    At the beginning of December, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second reading and in general the law on mine action in Ukraine, 242 deputies supported it. 

    The draft law defines the list of objects and subjects of mine action, the order of completion and rules of engagement, requirements for …

  • President Poroshenko: Ukrainian Army will reach NATO standards by 2020

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated during a trip to Rivne Oblast on Thursday, January 10th that beginning next year, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will measure up to NATO standards, Ukrinform reported. “In 2020, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be organized and able to act completely according to NATO standards in accordance with the law on national security,” said the President.

    Poroshenko is convinced that Ukraine's path to the EU and NATO will help to ensure the safety of its borders …