Ivan Baloha: "We are ready to defend Ukraine”

3 March 2014 12:47  7362473 063282
Ivan Baloha: "We are ready to defend Ukraine”

Today, the chairman of the Transcarpathian Regional Council Ivan Balogh at a briefing for journalists described the situation in the country.

"Unfortunately, it happened so that the revolution could escalate into war. We do not want such developments. This is nothing but a direct assault on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. As for
Russia's position, we had no illusions that the Kremlin would act differently. Our troops in the Crimea chose a wise and prudent behavior. The whole world condemns such things – there is the
reaction of world class politicians. I want political agreements and negotiations to play a key role in this situation. The countries, that guarantee security and territorial integrity of Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum, shall act within the law and comply with international agreements.

The new government has very arduous task - to preserve the territorial integrity of the country. I believe that the Parliament made a mistake by cancelling the "language" law. They should have
amended it according to the laws that are currently in force in Europe. Every minority must feel in Ukrainian society as comfortable, as they do in Europe. Another problem is that the central 
government, by keeping local administrations, showed politicians in the East and South of the country, that the administrative "machine" is still in action. Therefore, we need immediate reforms in the society. We must make decisions that will consolidate the East and West, North and South of Ukraine.

We all look forward to the support of the international community. At the same time we are ready to defend our own country" – Ivan Baloha said.

Source - press service of the regional council

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