On 4 March, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola announced that a structure bringing together key European Parliament interlocutors with their counterparts from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has been set up. This has been done to establish the priorities and needs of the Rada under the current circumstances and in the future.
Metsola made the announcement during a meeting with the speakers of the European Union’s National Parliaments and the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk.
From Marseille, where she addressed the meeting, President Metsola said that the “support of the EU national parliaments is crucial to keep the EU unity and to enable the best possible assistance to Ukraine.”
She added that a major goal of the Russian invasion is to target and paralyse Ukraine’s democratic institutions: “Kyiv is under siege and so is democracy. This is an attack not only on an independent and peaceful nation but also on liberal democracies, elected representatives and parliaments.”
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