Russia issues protest to Romania over ban on deputy PM's flight en route to MoldovaRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 28, 20:19
Car rams into crowd in HelsinkiWorld July 28, 19:38
This week in photos: Putin in Finland, Merkel at the opera and Santas in CopenhagenSociety & Culture July 28, 19:17
Lavrov tells Tillerson Russia ready to normalize relations with USRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 28, 18:57
Russian spacecraft blasts off from Baikonur to deliver new crew to world’s sole orbiterScience & Space July 28, 18:56
Russia hopes for dialogue with US — UN envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 28, 18:30
Sanctions against Russia driven by US’ wish to get share of EU oil and gas market — expertBusiness & Economy July 28, 18:24
Russia lays down two diesel-electric submarines for Pacific FleetMilitary & Defense July 28, 17:55
Dodon asserts Russian official's Moldova visit disrupted to harm ties with MoscowWorld July 28, 17:47
MINSK, January 27. /TASS/. Russia’s envoy to the Contact Group on Ukraine Boris Gryzlov has voiced on Wednesday the stance of the Russian delegation at the talks in Minsk.
"The voting on the Ukrainian Constitution should be tightly linked to the simultaneous passing of the amendments to Articles 1 and 10 of the law on the special status to ensure a permanent basis of this special status in accordance with the Steinmeier formula," he said.
According to Gryzlov, the amendments to the law on the special status for the Donbas region should be agreed in the Contact Group.
"We need to find a legal formula that would guarantee that paragraph 18 of the transitional provisions of the Constitution will refer to the existing version of articles 2-9 of the law on the special status and to the newly-agreed by the Contact Group editions of articles 1 and 10," Gryzlov said, adding that this formula should be enshrined in Ukraine’s Constitution.
"It is also necessary to enshrine in Ukraine’s Constitution that the powers of the persons elected in Donbass under a separate law should not be terminated in 2017, as stipulated by the Constitutional reform for the whole of Ukraine," Gryzlov said.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier earlier said it was necessary to pass a special law on elections in the Donbas region, that is, not a general Ukrainian law on elections, but a law customized for a particular territory and the particular situation. Such a law should secure a special status for the region in accordance with the following formula: "On a temporary basis on election day in Donbas and on the permanent basis as of the moment the OSCE publishes its elections return report."