Delegates at the Council of Europe were keen to see the Ukrainian crisis resolved without rival positions becoming entrenched. Russian delegation head Konstantin Kosachev said they were against early elections in themselves. “I do not expect any big changes in the composition of the Ukrainian parliament after possible new elections. I think that the ruling coalition still has a clear support from the population of Ukraine.”
Danish delegation head and Ukraine specialist Hanne Severinsen said it was important for the credibility of any election that procedures were not rushed. “The worst scenario will be that we have a hasted election boycotted by half of the country and then end up with two parliaments. That will be awful, so we have to avoid that!” A debate on the Ukrainian situation will be held at the Council of Europe on Thursday.