Yuriy Syrotiuk has recently addressed the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The MP asked to explain who was represented by the leader of movement "Ukrainskyy vybir" ("Ukrainian choice") Victor Medvedchuk and the Ukrainian MP Nestor Shufrich at negotiations held on 23 June 2014. The negotiations were held in Donetsk and involved OSCE, Russia, terrorist organisations DPR (Donetsk People's Republic) and LPR (Luhansk People's Republic).
After the meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the "preliminary contacts of Victor Medvedchuk" with representatives of the DPR and the LPR. In addition, the Russian Ambassador Mikhail Zurabov said that participation of Medvedchuk and Shufrich on behalf of the Ukrainian side was agreed with the President of Ukraine. This information was later contested by the Presidential Administration representative Valeriy Chalyy, but it is still not clear what they were doing there.
Yuri Syrotiuk also addressed the Prosecutor General Vitalyi Yarema asking to examine the possible relationships brtween Viktor Medvedchuk and terrorist organizations that operate in Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
"I know the official position of the Government that we should not negotiate with armed terrorist organizations and their representatives on the territory of Ukraine. General Prosecutor of Ukraine has recognized the DPR and the LPR as terrorist organizations. The criminal proceedings are at the stage of pre-trial investigation. Considering these conditions, attempts of Victor Medvedchuk to represent interests of terrorists could be interpreted as aiding and promoting terrorism" - said Syrotiuk.
"It is known that Medvedchuk has a close relationship with Vladimir Putin and remains the main supporter of the agressors' actions. Given the deadly threat from the Russian Federation, the President of Ukraine should explain the motives of his meeting with Viktor Medvedchuk, if this meeting really had place" - stressed the MP.
"Patrons of terrorists and criminals should be held criminally responsible instead of representing interests of unknown groups at international negotiations. And the only issues which we can discuss with the terrorists involve the possibility of exchange of hostages and options of retreat, without any claims for political representation ", - concluded the MP.