Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 5
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
Ukrainian Ambassador to Tashkent Yuriy Savchenko expressed his gratitude to his Uzbek colleagues for his weighed assessment of events taking place in the Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Embassy is actively working with the colleagues in Uzbekistan and grateful for the weighed position of the country in the assessment of the events happening in Ukraine recently, Savchenko told journalists on March 6.
As noted in a statement released by the Jahon news agency of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry, Uzbekistan sees the resolution of the unfolded situation, above all, in denial to apply force options and in using the political tools and efforts to address the emerged problems by peaceful means, by way of negotiations based on fundamental norms of international law and the United Nations Charter."
The ambassador said that he will not assess events happening in the political life of Ukraine.
Savchenko briefed journalists with appeal made by Verkhovna Rada on March 2 to the parliaments of guarantor states of the Ukrainian security and to the international organizations in connection with the Russian Federal Council`s decision on the possible use of Russia`s armed forces on the territory of Ukraine.
The address, particularly states that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (parliament) is initiating the establishment of a group for negotiating with Russia to try and normalise relations with Russia and de-escalate the situation in Europe.
The Ukrainian Parliament is inviting the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, European Union, NATO, the CIS and other interested international organisations to organise offsite meetings of their bodies in Ukraine in this regard,, the statement said. Savchenko has led the Ukrainian diplomatic mission since 2011.
Ukraine is among 10 of Uzbekistan's largest trading partners. There are 48 enterprises with Ukrainian capital in Uzbekistan, including five wholly owned with Ukrainian capital. In turn, 31 joint ventures with Uzbek capital operate in the Ukraine.
Mass protests in Ukraine began on November 21, 2013, when the government announced the suspension of the preparation of the Association Agreement with the EU. As a result of the protests, the country's President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted on Feb.22. The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) has approved the new composition of the parliament and is preparing to hold pre-term elections.
On Feb.26 several thousand people participating in two rallies gathered in front of Supreme Council of Crimea. After the escalation of the protest action in Crimea, the Federation Council supported President Vladimir Putin's appeal regarding the use of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine pending 'the normalisation of the socio-political situation in that country'.
Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and the U.S., as well as the chairman of the European Council and the chairman of the European Commission made a joint statement condemning Russia's position on Ukraine and cancelled preparations for the G8 summit in Sochi, scheduled for June 2014.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.M.