The chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Rybak did not discuss today's meeting of the parliamentary majority with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. This he told reporters at briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to Rybak, initially it was planned to hold a meeting of the deputies, but once there was a proposal to transform it in a plenary session, the format changed.

The head of Parliament said that he and his lawyers studied the Regulations on the subject of whether it is allowed to hold a meeting outside the session hall. "MPs insisted that the parliamentary majority and I have the right to declare the session of the Verkhovna Rada opened. I and lawyers looked through the Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada again, and it found out that it is indeed allowed," he said and added that the decision of the Constitutional Court on the meetings outside Parliament concerns not the Regulations, but other internal documents of the Parliament.

The speaker did not rule out legal claims against him for the holding of the today's meeting. "However, the Regulations should be observed. The Parliament can’t be inactive for six months," he stressed.

"We were elected not to block the Parliament," Rybak outraged and said that if Parliament is not able to work, it must be either dissolved, or the President is to make a decision on early elections, or the issue should be put to a referendum. "Parliament should work, and I really think it will work," the speaker concluded.


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