Rada fails to vote for ratification of agreement on NATO Embassy in Ukraine creation; "This will kill us," deputy speaker Parubii says

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine lacked votes for ratification of the agreement between the Ukrainian government and NATO on the status of NATO Embassy in Ukraine, signed on Sept. 22, 2015 in Kyiv.

During two signal votes for the relevant decree No 0082 on Wednesday, 199 and 201 deputies supported the bill out of 226 requested, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

First deputy speaker of Verkhovna Rada Andrii Parubii asked the factions to discuss the discipline issue at their meetings and promised they will return to the voting for this documents. "This will kill us... Not political confrontation, but the lack of possibility to make decisions," Parubii said, closing the plenary session of the Rada.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said this would be "real NATO Embassy in Ukraine" during his presentation of the bill in the Verkhovna Rada.

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"This office will make a real embassy... The staff will be enjoying all benefits of the Vienna Convention. This office will coordinate all projects that are currently part of our cooperation with NATO," the head of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said.

Klimkin noted that creation of the office "is not technical; this is an extremely important moment that will allow us receiving new dynamics in cooperation with the Alliance."

The agreement stipulates for creation of a NATO office in Ukraine, which will include NATO communication office and center for information and documentation of NATO.

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According to the bill's explanatory note, the office should aim and enhancing and expanding of Ukraine's participation in cooperation with NATO, consult state bodies of Ukraine, and cooperate with relevant NATO bodies for communication and other events of Ukraine-NATO line.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n372422