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Ukrainian foreign minister denies any constitutional reform, decentralization liabilities

February 13, 2015, 13:31 UTC+3 KIEV
Pavlo Klimkin says Ukraine had assumed no obligations within the framework of the Minsk Accords to carry out a constitutional reform and grant Donbas greater independence from the central authorities
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin

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KIEV, February 13. /TASS/. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin denies Ukraine has assumed any obligations regarding the possibility of a constitutional reform and decentralization.

Klimkin told the national parliament on Friday Ukraine had assumed no legally or politically binding obligations within the framework of the Minsk Accords to carry out a constitutional reform and grant Donbas greater independence from the central authorities.

"Any speculations over a special status for Donbas will be implemented under a parliament-approved law. Item 11 says that the question of decentralization, including that regarding Donbas will be decided as part of the constitutional reform. No legally binding obligations were assumed by anyone either in the legal of political sections of the Minsk Accords," Klimkin said.

He was speaking in reply to a question from parliament member Oleh Lyashko, of the Radical Party, who is very critical of the Minsk Accords.

Earlier, another Radical Party legislator, Igor Mosiychuk, a former deputy commander of the paramilitary battalion Azov, not subordinate to the central command in Kiev, described the achieved accords as "betrayal of national interests."

Also, the Ukrainian foreign minister offered a comment on the clause of the Minsk accords concerning amnesty for all those involved in Donbas events.

"Any amnesty-related steps will be taken only in accordance with the law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. That is the absolute stance that Kiev emphasized at the talks in Minsk.

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