Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The scandalous statements of the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy, who called Adolf Hitler “a great person who practiced direct democracy”, caused a big negative resonance in the European Union. Deputies of the European Parliament in Strasbourg have started collecting signatures under an appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. They urge to give an objective political assessment of the views and statements of the speaker Parubiy.
“In the United Kingdom it is just impossible that some politician, especially the speaker of parliament, can put an equal-signs between direct democracy and the criminal acts of Nazis,” said the member of European Parliament from Great Britain Nathan Gill.
The co-chairman of the “Opposition Bloc“ faction Aleksandr Vilkul commented to members of the media in the European Parliament about the results of meetings with the European politicians in Strasbourg.
“Eurodeputies are deeply shocked about what they heard from Parubiy and about his biography. It is difficult for them to understand how someone who pushed forward neo-Nazi ideas can in general lead legislature of the country that declares a course towards EU membership. In the European Union it isn’t acceptable to offer your hand to Parubiy. And in general it is impossible to put such a person in the post of the second person in the state.
This time the Ukrainian authorities won’t succeed to hush up the scandal. Declaring commitment to European values, the ruling coalition elected as the speaker someone who in their youth marched under Nazi symbols and has now given their true viewpoint, having praised Hitler. The European Parliament is already disappointed in the present authorities of our country and waits for resolute actions for the condemnation of ultranationalist politicians,” stressed Aleksandr Vilkul.
Members of the European Parliament from the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland have already put their signatures under the appeal to the Verkhovna Rada. The collection of signatures continues.
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