The Verkhovna Rada has approved an address to the foreign colleagues that those have increased international pressure on Russia to “stop its military aggression against Ukraine.” In addition, members call to extend sanctions against Russia as long as Moscow does not stop the conflict in the Donbas and not a “return” of the Crimean Peninsula.
Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the resolution on the appeal to foreign colleagues and international organizations in connection with the situation in the Crimea and in the Donbass. In particular, the Ukrainian parliamentarians appealed to them “to increase external pressure on the Russian Federation to stop its military aggression against Ukraine.” Similar resolutions have been introduced in the Parliament several times, but this was done in previous parliaments, reports TASS.
In addition, the deputies ask the parliaments of other countries and parliamentary assemblies of international organizations to influence Russia so that it has complied with “relevant decisions of international organizations and international tribunals,” and freed “temporarily occupied territory” and returned to “international legal framework”.
In particular, the document refers to the “condemnation of the ongoing military aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine, the annexation of the Crimea and Sevastopol, and the occupation of separate districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, political repression against the citizens of Ukraine and the release of political prisoners — citizens of Ukraine”.
In addition, the Ukrainian deputies accused Russia that it operates “against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”, and also does not fulfill the Minsk agreement on ending the armed conflict in the Donbass. Thus politicians are calling on their colleagues to increase pressure on Russia, including sanctions, until then, until it is completely stop the “armed aggression” and will not be restored until “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
At the same time members of Parliament are asked to adhere to the “non-recognition policy of annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol”, as well as to condemn the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait and to abandon all military cooperation with Russia, including joint exercises and exchange of technology.
According to TASS, the authors of the document were made by the deputies from several political forces, including “public Servants”, the “European solidarity”, “Voices”. At the same time “the Opposition platform For life,” expressed the view that this appeal will not bring the desired result — “not a step closer to peace in the Donbass”.
It should be noted that Europe has a long think about the fact that sanctions against Russia do not reach your goal. On the contrary, they only harm — and increasingly Europe itself. In particular, previously Deputy Chairman of the European Parliament and a prominent figure in the ruling in Italy “Movement 5 stars” Fabio Massimo Castaldo said in an interview with RIA “Novosti” that the anti-Russian EU sanctions have not given the proper result.
“The sanctions, meant as a deterrent, in most cases, has proved ineffective and has caused serious damage to various sectors of the economy, negatively affecting whole groups of unprotected people who have no relationship to the crisis,” he said. Castillo added that
the revision of the sanctions policy may not happen in the near future, “but this status quo is neither sustainable nor beneficial both for the EU and for Russia.”
At the same time he has noticed that in six years there have been no material changes in the ongoing 2014 conflict in the Donbass. “The agreements Minsk-2 was five years, but they were never really implemented. But even in them the text provides more of a ceasefire and not genuine peace Treaty,” he recalled.
The politician expressed the opinion that perhaps it would be “to amend the agreements, adapting them to the new reality” that allowed the Ukrainian side.
He also said that the revision of sanctions against Russia will be discussed more in the international political arena. In particular, against sanctions spoke Italy, Hungary, Greece, France, Cyprus, Slovakia and Germany. “Further steps forward from Moscow, otherwise I’m afraid this situation will be really difficult to unlock in a short time”, — concluded the interlocutor of RIA of “news”.