MIL OSI – Source: Parliament of Ukraine –
Headline: Verkhovna Rada Chairperson Andrii Parubii expects Ukrainian Parliament to consider next week draft law to ensure second reading of constitutional amendments
Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of
Ukraine Andrii Parubii said this at the meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi.
The meeting participants discussed
bilateral cooperation at the level of the Parliaments of Ukraine and Japan; the
situation in Ukraine; provision of Japan’s humanitarian aid to Ukrainian
children; and organization of days of Japan and Ukraine in both countries.
The Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada
thanked the Ambassador for the humanitarian aid Ukraine had already been provided
with, in particular, the one touching the environmental projects, and noted
that “real monitoring” of the use of those funds must be ensured.
Parubii said Ukraine is currently “facing numerous challenges, the
aggression of Russia, its attempts to destabilize the situation both in the
lines and inside of our country.” “Thus, the assistance of Japan,
which is currently presiding in the G7, in prolongation of sanctions against
the Russian aggressor is extremely important for us,” he said.
Having reminded about the return of
Ukrainian officer Nadiya Savchenko, Parubii noted that a great number of
Ukrainian servicemen and patriots still held hostage in Russia. “One more
problem we have is the occupied Crimea, where Crimean Tatars are facing
repressions,” he said. Parubii noted that “we are a united country
with a part of the territory occupied by Russia.” “You can understand
us better then anyone else. Therefore, we count on your support and better
understanding between our countries,” the Chairperson of the Verkhovna
Rada told Mr. Shigeki Sumi.
In turn, Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi appreciated fruitful work of
the Ukrainian friendship group headed by people’s deputy Leonid Yemets and
called for further deepening of cooperation at the level of the country’s
parliaments. In particular, he reminded that next year Ukraine will host the
year of Japan to help people of the two countries better understand each other,
to help the Ukrainians learn about culture and achievements of the Japanese.
Mr. Shigeki Sumi also noted the intention of his country to continue
humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. He said that Ukrainian children-victims of
the Russian aggression in the east of Ukraine will receive USD 1.8 million.
In speaking of the position of Japan on
prolongation of the sanctions against the Russian aggressor, the Ambassador
said that “Japan’s position is very tough.” “Our position lies
in declaring any forced ways to change borders unacceptable. The sanctions must
be prolonged,” he said. He also informed that the G7 summit is considering
the issue of Ukraine and respective declaration is expected on May 27.
Mr. Shigeki Sumi expressed himself in favor
of holding further judicial reforms in Ukraine despite all the conditions. He
also called the adoption of the new law on elections important for Ukraine. The
Ambassador said Japanese companies are interested in formation of just courts
Parubii said Ukraine is facing significant
tasks almost in all fields of social life in conditions of combat activities.
He said Ukraine had managed to make many important steps in different fields:
defense reform, police reform, and the anticorruption reform. At the same time,
he said “all the reforms fail when it comes to courts.” “Thus,
the top-priority is the judicial reform,” he concluded.
Andrii Parubii predicted consideration of
the draft laws on constitutional amendments next plenary week. “Next
Thursday, the draft law that will allow second reading of the constitutional
amendments will be put to vote. We count on adoption of the constitutional
amendments, however, we do understand how difficult to receive 300 votes in the
Parliament. However, I do believe we will manage to do that,” he said. It
will be a very important step for further implementation of reforms.
In speaking of the election reform, the
Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada said he already headed a workgroup aiming to
find the most optimal format for parliamentary elections. “I am confident,
the discussion will certainly take some time, but I am sure that the next
parliamentary election will take place under new election system,” Parubii
said, having called current election system the worst possible one.
Touching the issue of implementation of the
Minsk agreement, the Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada said that everyday the
Russian Federation violates the ceasefire regime. He said that in such
conditions it is hard to speak about any elections on the occupied territories.
“Firstly, we have to cease fire,” he said and added that “every
night our boys are killed there, the items of the agreement are violated by
Russia.” “Technical setting of the elections will become profanation.
We have to make Russia fulfill the first obligation — cease fire for at least
30-60 days to receive grounds for holding following discussion,” Parubii
According to the Chairperson of the
Ukrainian Parliament, this position is important as it has considerable public
reaction as the destabilization of Ukraine from inside is not less important
for Putin than the combat activities.
Addressing Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi, Parubii assured of doing his
best to successfully hold the days of Japan in Ukraine.
the importance of deeper relations between Ukrainian and Japanese peoples,
people’s deputy Leonid Yemets said: “The constitutional amendments will be
presented to the society at the earliest possible time.”