Razumkov backs idea of setting up post of Ukrainian Deputy PM for temporarily occupied territories
Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov is supporting a proposal to establish the post of Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for the Occupied Territories.
"During the presentation of the government's program of action in the Verkhovna Rada, there was, in my opinion, quite a reasonable suggestion to set up the post of Prime Minister for the Occupied Territories. I think that it would be good," Razumkov said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
Such an initiative was put forth by several MPs who had once lived in the territories that are presently not controlled by Kyiv or are members of the Committee for Human Rights and the De-occupation and Reintegration of Donbas and Crimea, he said.
"This proposal, which was put forth to the Prime Minister, is quite good," he said.
At the same time, Razumkov said that the participants in a forum due to take place in Mariupol in late October will discuss a Donbas reintegration program. Information policy is a priority in this issue, he said.
"It is possible to return people only mentally in the first place, and later physically," he said.
Ukraine's economic growth is the second key aspect of such a reintegration process, Razumkov said, adding that the international component and the security aspect are also important.
"A strong army is a guarantee of the state's security and territorial integrity. But we realize that diplomacy is more effective and will help more rapidly return the temporarily occupied territories," he said.