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Ukraine saw anti-constitutional coup, Russian top parliamentarian says

June 25, 2014, 14:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, June 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s fundamental position as to the developments in Ukraine has remained unchanged — Ukraine saw an anti-constitutional coup triggering an acute crisis, a senator responsible for constitutional legislation issues told a Federation Council session on Wednesday.

The Federation Council upper house of parliament cancelled on Wednesday its March 1 resolution which granted the right to the president to use Russian military forces in Ukraine. As many as 153 Russian senators voted for this decision and one lawmaker voted against it.

“This is what I want to draw your attention to: our fundamental assessment of the situation has not changed — an anti-constitutional coup took place in the country, seizure of power with the use of force, which resulted in acute crisis phenomena that Ukraine is seeing now,” the head of the upper house’s committee for constitutional legislation, Andrei Klishas, said.

He reminded parliamentarians about the initial stance of Russia, which wanted to see military activity and attempts to settle problems through the use of force giving way to a political process. “And today we see that for all the difficulties, this political process has been launched,” he added. The top parliamentarian said that the approval of Ukraine’s new constitution that would in reality protect the rights and freedoms of the whole population, was top on the agenda.

“Unfortunately, today the Ukrainian authorities forget that it is the people who are the main power holder,” Crimean senator Olga Kovitidi said for her part. “I am sure that a political constitutional reform that will take place in Ukraine, will get things straightened out,” she added.

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