Photo: 'Dzerkalo Tyzhnia' (c) 2013
Ukrainian MP Andriy Shevchenko welcomed by Lord Risby to the Houses of Parliament
10 March 2014
Chairman of the British Ukrainian Society, Lord Risby, welcomed Ukrainian Member of Parliament Andriy Shevchenko to Westminster on 10 March 2014. Mr Shevchenko, an experienced journalist and member of the Fatherland Party faction in Ukraine’s Parliament, briefed British MPs and Members of the House of Lords on the latest developments in Ukraine.
The primary focus of Mr Shevchenko’s address was on the escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine, and the current Russian military presence in the Crimean Peninsula. He presented a comprehensive overview of the situation from political, social, historical and economic standpoints.
Responding to questions following his address, Andriy Shevchenko offered his insights on the language issue in Ukraine, the high risk of a full scale military conflict, and possible outcomes of a referendum in Crimea?. He also spoke about how Russia influences the public opinion by means of propaganda, and noted the Pro-Ukrainian stance of the Crimean Tatar people.
Mr Shevchenko stressed the importance of close political interaction between Ukraine and the United Kingdom in such a critical time, and said that further visits of Ukrainian MPs to the UK were planned, as well as inviting British MPs to come to Ukraine.
Andriy Shevchenko is a Fellow of the John Smith Memorial Trust whose Founder, Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill, attended the meeting. Baroness Smith is also a Patron of the British Ukrainian Society.
Lord Risby thanked Andriy Shevchenko and described him as a representative of a new generation of Ukrainian politicians who are much needed at this time to help the country achieve the peace, stability and prosperity it so richly deserves.