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12:30 28 Sep 2021

Ukraine in PACE calls on Europe to drop Nord Stream-2

The Ukrainian PACE delegation calls on Europe to abandon the launch of Nord Stream-2 and reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

Oleksii Honcharenko, a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), wrote about this on Facebook, Rubryka reports.

He said that the PACE was distributing information flyers about the dangers of Russian gas not only for the environment but also for the future of Europe.

"With the money from gas, Russia continues to kill Ukrainians and engage in aggression around the world; the launch of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline increases Europe's dependence on Russian gas and environmental damage. Therefore, we urge Europe to refrain from launching Nord Stream-2 and reduce dependence on Russian gas," said a member of the PACE delegation.

In addition, he shared a photo in a T-shirt with the inscription, "Less Russian gas," which outraged Russian propagandist Olga Skabeeva, who reacted as if Honcharenko had allegedly forgotten one letter. According to her version, it should be "Bless Russian Gas."

"Olga Skabeeva, everything on my T-shirt is written as it should be. And many people agree with that. But for you, the word CRIMEA has one unnecessary letter. After all, in your case, it's CRIME. It's also no secret to anyone," he stressed.

Honcharenko also said that the head of the Polish delegation to the PACE, Arkadiusz Mularczyk, and the head of the Lithuanian delegation, Emanuelis Zingeris, were joining his Less Russian Gas initiative.

"Let me remind you that yesterday PACE deputies supported my statement on the need to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas as a threat to the planet's environment and the future of Europe. The declaration was signed by more than 20 PACE delegations from Poland, Britain, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine. Then we submitted it to the secretariat of the Assembly," he wrote.

Note

The autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is being held in Strasbourg from 27 to 30 September 2021 in a mixed format.

The autumn session focuses on the right to a healthy environment, climate change, and migration.

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