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Events in Ukraine go under negative scenario — Russia’s Duma speaker

January 16, 2015, 15:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
To Sergey Naryshkin's mind, Kiev is just fanning the situation by stepping up hawkish rhetoric and by multiple statements which contradict not only historic facts but even common sense
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Sergey Naryshkin

Sergey Naryshkin

© Anna Isakova/State Duma press service/TASS

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Events in Ukraine are going under a negative scenario as Kiev is stoking tensions by stepping up hawkish rhetoric, Speaker of the Russian State Duma, lower house of parliament, Sergey Naryshkin told on Friday a meeting of the house’s working group on legal analysis of Ukraine’s legislation.

“Unfortunately, the events in Ukraine are going under a negative scenario,” Naryshkin said. “Kiev is just fanning the situation by stepping up hawkish rhetoric and by multiple statements which contradict not only historic facts but even common sense, for instance [Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy] Yatsenyuk’s statement about the Soviet Union’s invasion into Nazi Germany and Ukraine during World War II.”

Also, the speaker noted continuous violations of the ceasefire in Donbas.

“Civilians are dying in Ukraine’s south-east,” he said. “The humanitarian situation is deteriorating in the area subject to shelling and blockade from the Ukrainian military.”

There exist problems both with the quality of Ukrainian laws and transparency of law-making procedures, according to Naryshkin.

“And it constitutes only one component of Ukraine’s crisis,” he said underscoring that activities of Duma’s working group would remain actual in the new year.

“The activity of our working group should not be less intensive,” Naryshkin said. “Ukraine’s suspension of a non-aligned status, the current year’s budget in which debt commitments to Russia have been forgotten, the lustration law among others are on agenda. A wide range of laws produces criticism both from the Venice Commission and from members of Ukraine’s parliament Verkhovna Rada, including their ruling coalition.”

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