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Contacts with Verkhovna Rada depend on Ukraine parliamentarians’ wish — Federation Council

October 27, 2014, 15:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia is ready to cooperate with the Ukrainian parliament, acting chairman of the Russian Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov says

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Vladimir Dzhabarov

Vladimir Dzhabarov

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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. The level of cooperation with the Verkhovna Rada will depend on Ukrainian parliamentarians’ willingness to start contacts, acting chairman of the Russian Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov said on Monday.

Dzhabarov is also head of the monitoring commission for Ukraine in the upper house.

He said Russian parliamentarians were not going to visit Kiev. “The CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly is planning to gather for a session in November. We’ll see who will represent Ukraine (earlier, Federation Council chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said she had sent an invitation to the Verkhovna Rada speaker),” Dzhabarov said.

“If Ukraine is again represented at the ambassadorial level, what contacts can we talk about. If a Rada deputy arrives, this will be a good signal that the Rada seeks to restore contacts,” he said.

Russia will cooperate with the Ukrainian parliament. “This is the neighboring state. In is impossible not to maintain contacts and interrupt relations,” Dzhabarov said.

Within days, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc party and the People’s Front led by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will form a coalition. Other deputies from small parties and majority deputies will join the coalition. “I believe that this composition will exactly work with the troika — Poroshenko, Turchynov, Yatsenyuk. These people will determine the policy of Ukraine for the next few years,” he said.

The Verkhovna Rada has big tasks for resolving the crisis in Ukraine. “The main task is that the Verkhovna Rada must convince the president to continue the peace process in the south-east and decide on relationship of Donetsk and Luhansk with Kiev,” Dzhabarov said.

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