On April 15, Yurii Voropaiev, deputy head of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction, met within the walls of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with representatives of the US Congress delegation under the chairmanship of the House Democracy Partnership, David Price (D-NC). The Ukrainian side at this meeting was represented by the leaders of all deputy factions and groups.
The US delegation included Congressmen Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Dina Titus (D-NV), Michael Conaway (R-TX), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Adrian Smith (R-NE) , Barbara Lee (D-CA), Terry Sewell (D-AL) and US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Following the meeting, Yurii Voropaiev noted that the American side was puzzled by the situation in Ukraine as a result of the electoral process. He also noted some issues during the discussion, which were related to the possible results of presidential and parliamentary elections, as well as their consequences for Ukraine. In particular, it was about the likely changes in Ukraine’s policy towards convergence with Russia, the early termination of the powers of the Verkhovna Rada and the options for forming the government of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky.
Representing the third largest parliamentary faction, Yurii Voropaiev focused American colleagues on the fact that, contrary to the laws of democracy, the OPPOSITION BLOC is not represented in any state supervisory body or parliamentary committee. Thus, according to him, the authorities ignore the opinion of both the opposition and the majority of residents of the south and south-east of Ukraine.
“Unfortunately, the policy of the leadership of the current authorities is aimed at discrimination of the opposition and the entire Russian-speaking population. It is no secret that the majority of the population in the south and south-east of Ukraine speak Russian, while being patriots of their country,” the deputy head of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction emphasized.
The oppositionist also appealed to the American side to support the development of Ukrainian business relations with Western partners, which have recently begun to deteriorate, and many investment projects are being curtailed.