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According to him, in recent weeks Russia has taken a number of steps, demonstrating its goodwill in the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. It is the decision not to use its armed forces, to provide assistance in the release of OSCE observers, it’s Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal on joint border control. “And the decision on the creation of the inter-parliamentary group is a sign of Russia’s willingness to make efforts to solve the issue in a positive and constructive way,” Pushkov said.
The parliamentarian recalled that the situation in the east of Ukraine was to a large extent provoked by the fact that the population of these regions was denied the right to hold a referendum on federalisation. “The decision on holding the referendum had been made in March, then the situation would develop in a different way. If a considerable part of the population insists on decentralisation, this should be considered within the framework of legal instruments, without a negative response,” he said.
He noted that universal nature of international law supposes its universal application. “We too often hear the worlds of violation of international rights from the states that violate them themselves,” the Russian parliamentarian added.