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Draft statement on situation in Ukraine submitted to Russian State Duma

January 22, 2014, 0:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The text was prepared by the committee for the affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots

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MOSCOW, January 21, /ITAR-TASS/. A draft statement on the situation in Ukraine has been submitted to the Russian State Duma lower parliament house. The text was prepared by the State Duma committee for the affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots, Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of that committee, said on Tuesday.

According to Slutsky, the statement says that the State Duma “is worried over the wave of civil conflict sweeping brotherly Ukraine.” “The actions of the protest movement are growing wider and becoming more and more aggressive. As a matter of fact, there is a threat of overthrowing legitimate institutions of power in the country by force,” the Russian lawmakers warn.

The draft statement says that unsanctioned rallies continues in Ukraine, accompanied by attempts to seize or block administrative buildings, destruction of historic monuments, including monuments to heroes killed during WWII. Law enforcers are coming under attacks by organized groups of people who use cold steel and fire bombs. “The situation in the country is destabilized, there are injured people both among protesters and law enforcers. It arouses regret that all this is provoked and used by representatives of the opposition who are cynic enough to call themselves advocates of democracy,” the draft says.

Along with extremist opposition activists, the statement places responsibility for the deterioration of the situation in Ukraine on Western politicians who blatantly interfere into the domestic affairs of sovereign Ukraine, who voice threats in respect of the legitimate authorities at opposition rallies. “The Russian State Duma warns once again that foreign pressure on Ukraine is inadmissible. It is inadmissible to thrust a geopolitical choice in favour of association with the European Union on Ukraine,” the statement stresses.

At the same time, Russian lawmakers say they highly appreciate the agreements reached by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents in December 2013. “We voice support to the decision of the Russian leaders to issue a stabilization loan to Ukraine and to reduce gas prices without any political conditions in the interests of supporting the brotherly people. We are ready to offer a comprehensive legislative support to large-scale joint projects in the areas of economy, science and culture. The State Duma is ready to invigorate relations with Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament), with its factions, which favour the development of the Russian-Ukrainian partnership,” the lower house of the Russian parliament stresses.

But, according to the draft statement, “Ukraine’s coming out of the financial and economic crisis, its economic revival and improvement of the living conditions of its people are impossible in conditions of growing civil confrontation and systemic violations of the current laws.”

Bearing this in mind, the State Duma plans to call on foreign political forces, which are seeking to meddle with domestic affairs of sovereign Ukraine, in violation of the international law, to stop action promoting further escalation of the conflict. Apart from that, the Russian lawmakers call on Ukraine’s opposition to refrain from any forms of violence, to stop confrontation, to begin a constructive dialogue with the authorities to try to find solutions to all problems of Ukrainian society in strict compliance with the constitution and national laws.

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