A land of fear and the island of freedom. Poroshenko at the PACE

Земля страха и остров несвободы. Порошенко в ПАСЕ

The important thing from the speech of the Ukrainian President at the meeting of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

President Petro Poroshenko has delivered a speech at the session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Within hours, Poroshenko spoke about Russia’s actions in Donbas and annexation of Crimea, the fight against corruption and the reform of education. The President also answered questions of the delegates in PACE.

In addition, Poroshenko, in Strasbourg, took part in the opening ceremony of “the stars of Heaven Hundreds” near the headquarters of the Council of Europe.

Корреспондент.net allocates basic promises from the speech of the Ukrainian President at the PACE.

Russia blatantly violates commitments

His speech, the President began with the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. He explained why, as three years ago, in his speech raised the topic.

According to him, Russia does not want to return in international law and violates the Minsk agreement, “therefore, the war in Eastern Ukraine continues.”

“[Russia’s aggression] turned in a rough offensive not only against Ukraine, but against human rights in the heart of Europe. Russia continues to blatantly violate its obligations… within the framework of the Minsk agreements. Her troops are still on Ukrainian territory – in Crimea and the Donbass,” said Poroshenko.

He also noted that Russia continues to supply weapons to the separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk self-proclaimed republics.

Poroshenko also drew attention of the PACE on political prisoners and hostages – Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko, Roman Sushchenko, Igor Kozlovsky, Stanislav Aseev “and many others”.

Земля страха и остров несвободы. Порошенко в ПАСЕ

Poroshenko has discovered a Star of the Heavenly Hundred near the headquarters of the Council of Europe / AP

“Moreover, the number of hostages in the Donbas is only growing. People deliberately capture, because they are citizens of their Ukrainian state. And seize them with a cynical calculation to blackmail Ukraine, which will never leave in the lurch their citizens, neither in the Crimea or in the Donbass or in Russian prison”, – he stressed.


Crimea – a land of fear

Then Poroshenko switched to the Crimea, which, according to him, became under control of Russia in “the island of freedom and a land of fear”.

“In the occupied Crimea, Russia is applying the worst practices of the Soviet repressive machine. Anyone who does not accept the so-called “reunification with Russia”, becomes a victim of arbitrary detention, harassment, torture, extrajudicial executions and atrocities,” he said.

He said that recently the Deputy head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Ahtem Chigos the Russian authorities have pronounced a sentence.

“That it owns the words that in the Crimea now, “judge those who defended the country’s laws, international rules, rules.” It is possible to more accurately describe the situation in the Crimea than Ahtem Chiygoz, in its final word?”, – said Poroshenko.

The President also spoke about the case of another Deputy head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Ilmi Umerov.

“This hero of his people first experienced the methods of Russian “punitive psychiatry”. Now occupying the court awarded him two years in a penal colony”, – said the head Ukrainian state.

Then Poroshenko expressed gratitude to the PACE for what there paying special attention to the Crimean Peninsula.


Russia is not a place to PACE

Poroshenko said that the international coalition in support of Ukraine and the rule of international law only strengthened over the three years of the Russian aggression.

Exactly a year ago, the Assembly adopted a Resolution on “the Political consequences of Russian aggression in Ukraine,” the President recalled.

“The Assembly then was rightly retained the right to annul the credentials of the Russian delegation if Russia continues occupation of sovereign territories of Ukraine. In fact, none of the criteria were not met by Russia. It is not just about the implementation of the routine document. These provisions of human fate and life,” he said.

Земля страха и остров несвободы. Порошенко в ПАСЕ

Poroshenko at the PACE / AP

Poroshenko asked the question whether there is now the opportunity to return to the previous PACE collaboration with Russia.

Answering it, he said he believes the goal of Russian policy – the destruction of democracy, liberal freedoms and human rights.

“They do it in some places – with tanks, others with fake news. We cannot afford to lose before this threat… In recent years, the members of the Council of Europe felt the delicacy of the Russian information war. Repeatedly faced with the language of hatred, violence and discrimination disguised under the slogans of freedom of speech,” he said.


Ukraine will not trade territory

Poroshenko commented on the statement made yesterday by Czech President Milos Zeman to PACE about the need to sell or trade the Crimea, however, while not directly naming names.

The President began with a quote of Winston Churchill, as the ideological father of the Council of Europe.

“He noted that Moscow has great potential “to create trouble”. In the circumstances, he said a very important thing for the prospects of this Assembly. I quote: “Either we will increase its value, weight and value for Europe, or we fail,” – said Poroshenko.

He noted that he rejects the claims of those who speak about the Crimea as “completed”.

“This podium was created, not for calls for peace. And not to calls to bargain territories for money, oil or gas. This podium was created to protect our fundamentals, our values and our principles, and, most importantly, to protect them in case of need. Such a need has occurred today,” the President said.

Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine wants peace, and he, as President, wants peace for Ukraine and Europe.

“Ukraine has repeatedly proved its willingness to peaceful settlement of the situation, which is artificially created by Russia”, – he said.

Corruption and reform in Ukraine

Gradually Poroshenko turned to the questions of reforms in Ukraine, in particular the establishment of an anti-corruption court.

He stated that Parliament is required for the adoption of the draft law on the establishment of the Anticorruption court, the number of deputies, and immediately after receipt of the bill ready, he is ready to submit it to Parliament.

However, the President noted that the creation of such a court in Ukraine will have to work out, but in the fight against corruption has achieved a lot.

Земля страха и остров несвободы. Порошенко в ПАСЕ

Poroshenko at the PACE / AP

“In the last three years, we have developed such anti-corruption bodies that did not exist in other countries. Or the phenomenon of electronic Declaration of all the Ministers, all civil servants must declare how many of them there chandeliers hanging plants or at their private house is located,” – said Poroshenko.

Not paid attention to the President and the issue of the controversial education reform in Ukraine, around which so much of fuss about Hungary and Romania, which are expected tomorrow to discuss the PACE.

Poroshenko said that Ukraine guarantees national minorities the right to instruction in their native language, but to learn the state language is mandatory.

“It is unacceptable that children belonging to the national minorities in Ukraine, do not have adequate knowledge of the Ukrainian language, they need for further education in universities, career development, self-realization in Ukraine”, – said Poroshenko.

He assured the Assembly that Ukraine will properly ensure language rights in accordance with national legislation and international obligations and standards, including the right to study in their native language.

Full video speech Poroshenko in PACE

Poroshenko answers questions of PACE members