Outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has assigned the diplomatic rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to three lawmakers.
The relevant decrees of May 18 and May 19 have been published on the president's website.
In particular, the diplomatic ranks were assigned to Deputy Chairman of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada to PACE, MP from the People's Front parliamentary faction Georgiy Logvinskiy, Chairman of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada to PACE, MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction Volodymyr Ariev, and Chairman of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, head of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction Artur Gerasimov.
At the same time, head of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Foundation, expert on international affairs Bohdan Yaremenko has said Poroshenko violated the law by assigning the ambassadorial rank to three lawmakers.
According to the expert, Paragraph 24 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine entitles the president of Ukraine to assign "the highest diplomatic ranks," but what kind of ranks and the procedure for their assignment is established by the Law of Ukraine "On Diplomatic Service."
"In particular, Paragraph 1 of Article 24 of this law clearly stipulates that diplomatic ranks are assigned to diplomatic employees. Members of Parliament, by virtue of the requirements of the Constitution and laws, cannot combine deputy activity with any other, and therefore do not have the right and cannot be diplomatic employees," Yaremenko wrote on Facebook.
He emphasizes the Law "On Diplomatic Service" provides a full list of diplomatic service posts, and it does not include representatives of parliamentary delegations whose members are MPs who have received diplomatic ranks.