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Ukrainian Constitution’s draft amendments contradict Minsk Accords — lawmaker

July 07, 2015, 12:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The high-ranking official added that the draft document was prepared "on the back-stage ground without any dialogue with DPR and LPR"
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Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house

Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house

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MOSCOW, July 7. /TASS/. A set of draft amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution, proposed by President Petro Poroshenko, contradicts Minsk Accords on the ongoing conflict settlement in the ex-Soviet republic, Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house, said on Tuesday.

"The new Constitution of Ukraine does not comply with the Minsk Accords as it does not say that two major regions DPR and LPR [Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic correspondingly] participated in drafting the documents," Matviyenko said.

The high-ranking official added that the draft document was prepared "on the back-stage ground without any dialogue with DPR and LPR."

Matviyenko said such behavior of the Ukrainian authorities speaks for Kiev’s indifference toward the political settlement of the situation.

"There has been no considerable progress, but only the imitation, on behalf of the Ukrainian authorities regarding the implementation of the Minsk Accords," she said.

A Ukrainian constitutional commission approved a basic text of amendments to Ukraine’s key law on decentralization of power on June 26. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said that "the Donbas representatives participated in devising these amendments."

However, the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics, which comprise Donbas area in the southeast of the country, later said their representatives were not delegated to participate in the work of Kiev’s constitutional commission.

Minsk accords on Ukraine

The Belarusian capital of Minsk hosted on February 12 summit talks of Normandy Four leaders - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The over 16-hour marathon summit negotiations ended in a package of agreements, which in particular envisaged ceasefire between the Ukrainian conflicting sides starting from midnight on February 15.

Prior to the summit talks Minsk also hosted the meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine involving Ukraine’s ex-president Leonid Kuchma, Kiev’s special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk, the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, and Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and OSCE’s envoy Heidi Tagliavini, who both acted as mediators.

As a result of the meeting, it was announced that an agreement was reached on the ceasefire in certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the heavy weaponry pullout and measures on a long-term political settlement of the crisis.

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