Ukraine not to participate in PABSEC General Assembly session in Russia in June 2016
The members of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada's international affairs committee have unanimously supported a proposal that Ukrainian delegates not participate in the 47th General Assembly session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) scheduled for June 28-30 in Moscow.
The proposal to the committee members was aired by Liudmyla Denysova, head of Ukraine's permanent delegation to PABSEC.
"We warned [at the previous 46th General Assembly session in Bucharest] that Ukraine would not take part in the events taking place on Russian territory, and would boycott the next PABSEC General Assembly session in Moscow," the press service of the Popular Front party quoted Denysova as saying at the committee meeting on Wednesday.
The Rada has drawn up a letter, to be signed by Chairman Volodymyr Groysman, to Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, asking him to instruct Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad to work toward securing a common approach among the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) member-states on not participating in the 47th session of the PABSEC General Assembly, Denysova said.
The members of the parliamentary committee supported the idea, and decided to address the international affairs committees of the parliaments of the PABSEC member-states to urge their delegations to boycott the session in Moscow, the press service said.