Oleh Pankevych
Deputy of Ukraine
Member of the political council of "Svoboda"

July 23 2014 Letter of Oleh Pankevych regarding the sale of Mistral class amphibious assault carriers has been transferred to the French Embassy

A demonstration of civic activists took place in front of the French Embassy in Kyiv on 22 July 2014. During the demonstration the representatives of the Embassy were handed an international petition (goo.gl) against the sale of Mistral class warships to the Russian Federation. Together with the petition, the Embassy representatives received a letter of Oleh Pankevych, Deputy Head of Svoboda, addressed to the French Ambassador Alaine Remy.

In his letter Mr Pankevych voices concern that the sale of Mistrals in the current situation contravenes EU legislation. In particular common EU rules governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment require compliance with a number of criteria. The transfer of Mistrals to Russia blatantly violates them. For instance, one can mention the threat to preservation of regional peace, security and stability; the existence of armed conflict between the recipient and another country; a claim of the acquiring state against the territory of a neighbouring country; insecurity for the partner countries, among which is also Ukraine etc - all stemming from the sale of Mistrals to Russia. Moreover, the transfer of Mistrals contradicts the UN General Assembly Resolution regarding Ukraine that calls upon all states to desist and refrain from actions aimed at the partial or total disruption of the territorial integrity of Ukraine through the threat or use of force.

Taking this into account, Oleh Pankevych asks the French Ambassador to pass the letter's arguments to the French Government for feedback. Besides, the letters were sent to the representatives of the European Affairs Committee at the French National Assembly.

Oleh Pankevych also sent a letter to Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Mr Klimkin with the following proposals: 1) officially address the French MFA, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy as responsible for the area of control over exports of arms regarding infringement of the EU legislation; 2) assess the possibility to appeal to the (European) Court of Justice in view of Ukraine's rights violation as the country that should have association and partnership relations with the EU. Engage Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to such an appeal as they voiced on many occasions their concerns over the delivery of Mistrals. They regard this transaction as causing risks to their national security; 3) charge the Ukrainian UN Representative to submit a proposal on Resolution condemning the sale of strategic battleships Mistral to the Russian Federation as an act posing threat to territorial integrity of Ukraine to the draft agenda for the next General Assembly meeting. MFA to raise the same issue within other international organisations like OSCE and Council of Europe.

Press Service of Deputy of Ukraine Oleh Pankevych