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Accord inside society to resolve Ukraine crisis - Russian parliament speaker

March 05, 2014, 22:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 05, /ITAR-TASS/. The speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament said that the crisis in Ukraine, whose president had been ousted in a violent uprising in February, could only be resolved through achieving accord in society.

In his article “Historical memory, culture and public accord,” to be published in tomorrow’s Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily issue, State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Ukrainian politicians had “messed things up a lot” and added that in this situation, “accord should be found inside the society in conflict.”

“In order to make new, fateful decisions for Ukraine, [politicians] need to have a cool head and give society all guarantees that a general platform that fits everyone will be worked out with its direct participation,” Naryshkin wrote.

Ukraine’s legitimate President Viktor Yanukovich fled Ukraine when anti-government protests took a violent turn in February. The Ukrainian parliament appointed an interim head of state, set early presidential elections and approved a new government, which Russia does not recognize.

Naryshkin drew an analogy with the period that preceded the adoption of the 1993 Constitution in Russia. “We only overcame civil confrontation and an acute inter-power conflict through an open discussion and joint work on a draft of a brand new fundamental law,” he said.

The Russian State Duma speaker said the Russian Constitution “has been recognized as one of the best, exemplary” by domestic and foreign experts.

“Both our modern legal thought and classical political theory were reflected in it,” he said.

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