"I am surprised with people, who constantly go to EU politicians for consultations, but refuse to vote for PACE resolution. The opposition demonstrates double standards, saying one thing, but doing the opposite," Yefremov said commenting on yesterday's voting.
Yefermov also informed that the opposition demands now to return to the consideration of the document due to the fact that yesterday only 19 of BYuT members took part in the voting. Commenting on their demands to consider the resolution repeatedly and to include the norm about political prisoners, Yefremov said: "They can desire whatever they want to, but the document has passed the vote and will not be considered again."
Yesterday, the parliament called on the EU to ensure the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU as soon as possible. It is stated in the resolution adopted by the parliament.
At first the proposal to implement the PACE resolution was supported by 147 Ukrainian deputies with minimum 226 votes needed for its adoption. Fractions of the pro-presidential Party of Regions, communists and representatives of the People’s Party headed by parliamentary spokesman Volodymir Litvin voted against the resolution.
At the same time, 270 deputies backed an alternative document which includes the general PACE recommendations, but does not include a proposal to decriminalize Tymoshenko’s article. The draft was proposed by a member of the People’s Party.
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