News - 2015.12.15 - House of Lords briefing

Photo: Embassy of Ukraine to the UK (c) 2015

Ukraine Briefing held in the House of Lords in partnership with the British Ukrainian Society

15 December 2015

The Conservative Foreign & Commonwealth Council hosted its Ukraine Briefing in the House of Lords of the UK Parliament in partnership with the British Ukrainian Society and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine.

The event took place on the night of 14 December at Lord Speaker’s Apartments, with around 50 guests in attendance. Lord Hunt of Wirral gave welcoming remarks, while representatives from Ukraine – Charge d’Affaires Ihor Kyzym and Member of Parliament Volodymyr Ariev – offered their insights into the current Ukrainian affairs.

Mr Kyzym stressed that sanctions against Russia have to stay until the causes of their implementation are removed. “Russia has not only failed to withdraw from the Ukrainian territory it occupied, but also hesitates with fulfilling its obligations under the Minsk Agreements, which leads to a further escalation of the situation in the East of Ukraine,” he said, also adding that sanctions are a stimulus for Russia to comply with international law and obligations.

Volodymyr Ariev offered a detailed insight into the reform process in Ukraine, while also informing the audience about the measures Ukrainian MPs take together with foreign parliamentarians to counter Russia’s aggression.

Their briefings were followed by a Q&A session, with questions coming from members of the Conservative Foreign & Commonwealth Council that includes Members of the House of Lords, British scientists, experts and civil society actors.

The Chairman of the British Ukrainian Society, Lord Risby, gave closing remarks and presented Charge d’Affaires Ihor Kyzym with a watercolour of the UK Parliament. “This was a really memorable evening in the historic River Room of the House of Lords overlooking the River Thames, with a large audience who clearly reflected their interest in and support for Ukraine at this difficult time”, said Lord Risby.

“It was so good to be brought up to date on the latest developments, and to be able to pay tribute to Ukraine’s fine diplomats in London. Our bilateral relationship is excellent in large measure due to their work and admired professionalism”, added the Chairman of the BUS.