The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has formalized a decision to postpone the spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which was to be hosted by Kyiv, over the coronavirus-related quarantine.
Resolution No. 3529 to amend the Rada's resolution on holding the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2020 was backed by 321 lawmakers, an UNIAN correspondent reported on June 2.
The event was originally to be held in May 2020.
The document refers to the implementation by the governments of NATO member states and partner countries of quarantine and other restrictive measures to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread. The resolution says that "reaffirming our state's constitutionally entrenched commitment to acquire membership in the North Atlantic Alliance and full readiness to hold a session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Ukraine," the spring session of the NATO PA in Kyiv, scheduled for May 22-25, was postponed until a date that will be additionally agreed by the Verkhovna Rada and the NATO PA.
The Organizing Committee must approve an action plan for preparations and holding of the NATO PA session in Ukraine within two weeks after the final date of the event is agreed.
The government must, within the two weeks, decide on the participation of officials of the relevant ministries and other central executive agencies in preparations and holding of the session, as well as ensure timely financing of the event from the national budget.