Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“State Duma committees – on international affairs and CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots – prepared and intend to submit a draft appeal to the parliaments of the world and international parliamentary institutions in connection with the aggravation of the situation after the incident with the entry of Ukrainian vessels into the territorial waters of the Russian Federation in the Kerch Strait, among the recipients are the legislative bodies of European states and the G20, the IPA CIS, the PA CSTO, the European Parliament, the OSCE PA, the PABSEC.
We will call for an adequate assessment of the provocative actions of the current Ukrainian authorities and their Western patrons, who unfortunately did not lead to anything other than the escalation of tension in Europe. We also want to convey to our fellow parliamentarians the truth about what actually happened on November 25 in the Kerch Strait.
We will also talk about the fact that President Poroshenko is directly responsible for the current aggravation of the situation around Ukraine, who catastrophically loses its rating among Ukrainian voters. On the eve of the presidential election, he cynically tries to turn the tide in his favor, to remove from the political field his opponents, supporters of peaceful dialogue and resolving conflict situations through negotiations. The course is still going to the dirtiest and cruel tricks. Today’s Ukraninan authorities do not in the least halt the fact that the lives of civilians and military personnel of their own country are put at risk.
In the draft appeal, we also intend to urge all constructive world politicians to condemn the provocation of Kiev and to make every effort to prevent a threat to peace emanating from the current government of Ukraine.
The committees will submit the draft appeal to the Council of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on December 3, with a proposal to put it on a discussion on Tuesday, December 4”.