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Experts: Kiev won't implement Minsk-2 deals as they imply Ukraine's federalization

December 24, 2015, 13:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to experts, "The Ukrainian side is unprepared to resort to the open sabotage of the agreements or to block them due to considerable foreign policy costs"
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MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements does not suit the Ukrainian side, because it will effectively lead to Ukraine’s transformation into a federation. That is why Kiev is imitating the implementation of Minsk-2 in every possible way actually trying to derail it, says a report of the Center for Political Studies presented on Thursday at the TASS round table titled "Minsk Agreements - Results-2015."

"Kiev believes that the only appropriate result for it is the surrender of the Donbass republics [the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics - DPR, LPR] and the subsequent documentation of economic and political claims against Russia. All other approaches, including the strategy of the soft reintegration of Donbass (into Ukraine), are not shared by Kiev," the report says.

According to experts, "The Ukrainian side is unprepared to resort to the open sabotage of the agreements or to block them due to considerable foreign policy costs." For Ukraine, "the suitable result would be disruption of the Minsk agreements so that no one could blame it for that," the document says.

Now Kiev has two versions of disrupting the Minsk agreements by "freezing" the amendments to the Constitution, and the Ukrainian side can do it "in both harsh and mild way." In the former case, the Verkhovna Rada will pass these amendments in the second reading but in the original form that does not suit the Donbas republics. According to Article 158 of Ukraine’s Constitution, Rada "cannot amend the same provisions (of the Constitution) twice during its term of office." Eventually, this will mean "the end of dialogue, since the republics have repeatedly said that they are not prepared to agree with the status proposed by the Ukrainian side," the document says.

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