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Russia’s Duma ready to draft, discuss new strategic partnership agreement with Ukraine

November 27, 2013, 22:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW

President Viktor Yanukovich said it was necessary to revamp the agreement on strategic partnership with Russia

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MOSCOW, November 27, (ITAR-TASS). Russia’s State Duma is prepared to draft and discuss a new agreement on strategic partnership with Ukraine, the importance of which was mentioned earlier Wednesday by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, senior deputies of the lowers house of parliament told Itar-Tass.

“We’re ready to render expert and consultative assistance in assessing the aftermaths of (Ukraine’s) Euro-integration, as well as to discuss and draft a new Russian-Ukrainian agreement on strategic partnership, which President Yanukovich spoke about,” Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the Duma committee for the CIS told Itar-Tass.

He indicated that the West is wielding an unprecedentedly powerful pressure on Ukraine in the process of preparations for the summit of the EU’s so-called Eastern Partnership format, due in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius Thursday, November 28.

“How else would you describe the statements from Vilnius and the petition calling for sanctions against the Ukrainian leadership for the decision to suspend the agreement on association with the EU that was published at the White House’s official website?” Slutsky said.

“European or Eurasian integration is, first and foremost, an inalienable sovereign right of the Ukrainian government,” he said. “But the very fact that Ukraine proved to be audacious enough to slow down and to deviate from the line obtruded on it by the EU is viewed by certain milieus in Washington as an action deserving punishment.”

He believes this proves once again the U.S. is conducting a policy of subjugation of the rest of the world - with the aid of the EU in this case - as it carries on its line at building a unipolar world.

“This wild and essentially absurd reaction to the Ukrainian President’s decision shows graphically the processes within the so-called Eastern Partnership are little more than the checks and balances against what Hillary Clinton calls ‘re-Sovietization’ - the way that Washington interprets the Eurasian integration project,” Slutsky said.

In the meantime, the Eurasian and European vectors do not rule out each other. “This was proved by Armenia that didn’t turn down cooperation with Europe but opted for membership of the Customs Union.”

“The State Duma voices support to constructively-minded forces in Ukraine and it will respect any choice on the part of Ukrainian citizenship,” Slutsky said.

President Viktor Yanukovich said Wednesday it was necessary to revamp the agreement on strategic partnership with Russia.

“Considering the reality that has taken shape in Ukraine and the need for going over to a new level of relationship with or partners, including the ones in Russia, /we need an overhaul/,” he said.

“There was a standoff that lasted three years and the proposals we received from Russia were unacceptable and this fact turned into a problem that put off the signing of the agreement on strategic partnership,” Yanukovich said.

“This agreement remains in effect, though, but the time has come to revamp it,” he said.

“Our relations have gotten into a tailspin and it’s time right now to unblock them,” Yanukovich said. “Very many questions have piled up but we can resolve them quickly.

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