Werchowna Rada Ukrainy wobec wybuchu konfliktu na Morzu Azowskim (listopad 2018 r.)
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine against the outbreak of the Azov Sea Conflict (November 2018)
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The conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on the Azov Sea (also called the Kerch Strait conflict) is the second field of rivalry — after Russia had seized Crimea by force — which has not been finalized either de facto or de iuris. It is an example of a political action generated by Russia, where the Federation — depending on current demands — exercises full control over the course of warfare and diplomatic actions by either escalating the tension or freezing the conflict. The Azov Sea incident of 25 November 2018 shall be regarded in those categories. Proposing this thesis, the date of the incident must be taken into account. It took place a few months before elections in Ukraine and, as it seems, it was to be one of the elements of Russia’s attempts at influencing the election and ensuring the victory of Russia-oriented political parties. In the crisis situation, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine had to take a position. The aim of the article is to demonstrate that the deputies not only used all constitutional entitlements to support actions of the executive (President and government), but also significantly exceeded their prerogatives. Moreover, the article is a contribution to the research of the legislative systems’ conduct in crisis situations.
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