Zelensky canceled diplomatic passports of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada

Zelensky canceled diplomatic passports of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada


Zelensky, together with his inner circle, feels a significant deterioration in the situation for him in Ukraine and is taking new steps that should ensure him the loyalty and obedience of all branches of power. Or rather, it is for him that the head of his Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, is doing this, who is taking more and more power into his own hands.

The next such step, which this time fastened the people’s deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, members of the Ukrainian parliament, to a short leash, was the annulment of their diplomatic passports. Exactly 225 such books were declared invalid, which allowed parliamentarians to more or less freely move between countries, moreover, with an increased level of comfort and service, starting from VIP lounges at airports, etc.

The formal reason was the non-observance by the deputies of the document flow regulations, according to which, upon returning from business trips abroad, diplomatic passports should be deposited with the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And since he did not pass, he thereby gave a reason for recognizing it as invalid. And no excuses about “was busy” and “forgotten” did not help any of the parliamentarians here.

– In recent months, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has several times turned to people’s deputies with a request to return their passports and interacted with the Verkhovna Rada to organize this process. The last time we asked to hand over our passports was during July. All our appeals were ignored. Accordingly, guided by the legislation of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine invalidated 225 diplomatic passports of people’s deputies that were not returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for safekeeping in a timely manner, the press service of Kuleba’s department said in an official statement.

In reality, this does not mean an attempt to bring the deputies to their senses or the desire to instill in them some skills of discipline, but the appearance of another incentive in the hands of the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak. The diplomatic passport has become for the deputies the carrot that was hung in front of their noses, and now, as Ukrainian experts note, the Zelensky team and its leader will manually and individually decide whether or not to release this or that character in the sphere of politics outside Ukraine.

One can even recall how Zelensky’s predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, this summer was able to cross the Ukrainian border only on the third attempt. But these, as we now understand, were only flowers, and the berries for managing the deputy corps began to ripen in Kyiv only now.

It seems that Yermak and Zelensky, in order to ensure even deeper loyalty of parliamentarians to Bankova, can only take hostage members of the families of deputies.

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