Hanna Hopko: Human rights to be suffered considerably from EU-Russia compromise
Mrs. Hanna Hopko, the Chairperson of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Foreign Affairs, believes that if the EU agrees to yield values for compromises with Russia, it will cause significant damage in the domain of human rights protection. She said this during the 12th Kyiv Security Forum, organized by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation.
“All attempts to return Russia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe without at least implementing some responsibilities, adopting Council of Europe's resolution, demonstrate that compromises between the Russian Federation and the European Union at the expense of European values will be very painful for Europe itself, and not only for it, but also for the global agenda of human rights protection,” Mrs. Hopko said.
She reminded that Russia does not only illegally detained citizens of Ukraine, political prisoners, military personnel on its territory as well as in the annexed Crimea. It also restricts access of European observers to them. Mrs. Hopko stressed that in this situation, Ukraine and the EU should maintain unity in issues related to human rights violations by Russia.
The Kyiv Security Forum was established by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation in 2007. The forum is an annual event that acts as a platform for high-level discussion on relevant matters of national security as well as security in the Black Sea region, Europe and the world.