The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) excluded mentioning any specific country from its resolution on distinction between political and criminal responsibility, thus removing Ukraine and the case of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former minister Yuri Lutsenko from the text of the resolution, as European politicians have got tired of Ukrainian opposition.
This was said in comments to ForUm correspondent by MP from the Party of Regions, head of the permanent delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Ivan Popesku.
"Why was this resolution supported by the absolute majority of the PACE members? They are simply tired of actions and statements of the Ukrainian opposition. Yes, initially PACE supported our opposition, which was reflected in the resolution, appeared in January 2012. However, since then, Ukraine has adopted a new Code of Criminal Procedure, the new law on advocacy and legal practice, we are currently working on a draft law on prosecutor's office, we are preparing amendments to the Constitution to make judicial branch of government independent," MP said.
He expressed confidence that Europe today sees the concrete steps of the Ukrainian authorities, so it does not want to politicize the situation on the eve of the summit of "Eastern Partnership" in Vilnius in November this year. According to him, this is evidenced by the fact that the vast majority - 79 of 86 PACE members - supported the amendments to the resolution.
"On our part, we have done everything possible to ensure that Ukraine is not criticized in the PACE resolution. Thus, it should contribute to a positive outcome of the summit of the Eastern Partnership," Popesku summed up.
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