It appears that Oleh Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party and bellicose clown of the Verkhovna Rada will soon be practicing his truculent comedy as a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Council of Europe.
It appears that Radical Party MP Andrew Lozovoy resigned from the Ukrainian COE delegation to be replaced by his party leader who has stated he will “firmly and stubbornly defend the PACE national interests of Ukraine.
My faction has delegated me a member of PACE, the situation in the Assembly today is very complex, there is an attempt to return the Russian delegation, I will rigidly and stubbornly will defend the national interests of Ukraine at PACE.”
Perhaps Mr Lyashko should be forewarned that PACE has a Code of Ethics by which he will have to abide – unlike the Verkhovna Rada. Maybe he should be forewarned the shouting the loudest and swearing the most from a podium works far less effectively at the CoE than it does within the VR.
Per chance he could also be a little more transparent about his motivation – a motivation suddenly found despite previous rumours of a return of the Russian delegation last year causing him far less reason to engineer his presence at the COE.
Undoubtedly he will be a very vocal advocate for Ukraine – though not necessarily (in fact probably not) the best advocate for Ukraine in such a forum. More to the point however, a reader may well perceive this internal engineering within the Radical Party as an effort to raise the profile of Oleh Lyashko beyond the borders of Ukraine.
There is a presidential election in 2 years time after all – and pre-election electioneering is already underway with candidates such as Poroshenko and Tymoshenko already having international recognition and political experience on their curriculum vitae.