Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko misled parliamentarians from the European Parliament as to laws on education and reintegration of Donbass, when he addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Wednesday, an opposition Ukrainian parliamentarian said on the sidelines of a PACE session, reports TASS.
"When you are deceiving one person - this is one thing, although this is also bad. It is a sin. But when you deceive millions - this is totally bad, even a catastrophe if it is the head of state who is deceiving," said Vadim Novinsky, member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE and a parliamentarian from Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc.
He said information about the law on education and on reintegration of Donbass had been untrue.
"A lot of frame-ups and incorrect information in his (Poroshenko’s) answers to questions (from PACE parliamentarians)," he noted.
"And the most shocking is when a Dutch deputy from a left-wing faction asked him - why don’t you conduct a dialogue with the territories that are not under your control at the moment, - he said there is no one to conduct a dialogue with now," Novinsky said.
The opposition parliamentarian believes that if it is necessary to carry on a dialogue with the territories that are not under one’s control for the sake of peace, one must "take off the crown, go and talk".
"If this saves at least one life, this must be done instead of thinking whether it is possible or impossible," the parliamentarian said.
He said that 5 million Ukrainians live on the territory not in Kiev’s grip.
"They have found themselves on the edge of starvation, when the state does not pay scholarships, pensions or social benefits. The state is not interested in them. That is why it is necessary to have a dialogue with all and to use a dialogue to achieve peace," Novinsky added.
He said Poroshenko’s speech had given no answer to the challenges facing Ukraine.
"No, I am not satisfied with his speech. And I think that on Thursday (October 12), PACE will confirm this point of view by voting for a draft resolution on the Ukrainian law on education approved by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media," he said, specifying that the committee had found it discriminatory.
"Maybe this will bring the Ukrainian authorities to their senses at least to a certain extent," he said.
According to TASS
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