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Ukraine needs federal form of government, Russian speaker says

March 17, 2014, 15:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine needs a new constitution creating the federal form of government, the speaker of the Russian State Duma lower house of parliament said on Monday.

“We would very much want to see Ukraine return within the legal framework with procedures envisaged by the Ukrainian Constitution and international law carried out,” Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said.

He said “major job must be done on a new constitution with extensive discussion given to it with due regard for a need of the federal form of government in Ukraine”. “I don’t believe anything else is possible in conditions of a deep split in the world outlook and interests of different regions that are not the same,” the speaker said.

Naryshkin said he believed “work on a draft constitution, extensive discussion given to it and its adoption at a national referendum” could generate public accord that would “bring Ukraine within legal framework”.

“Ukraine is a partner for us, and no temporary difficulties and circumstances must change these partnership relations between our countries and all the more nothing must make us rivals,” he said, adding that he hoped “the biggest part of the Ukrainian population will respect and understand more than convincing results of the referendum” in Crimea and Sevastopol.

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