The Russian foreign Ministry commented on the Ukrainian law on the special status of Donbass

МИД РФ прокомментировал украинский закон об особом статусе Донбасса

© RIA Novosti / Mikhail VoskresenskyMoscow hopes that Kiev is responsible for the implementation of the Minsk agreements without distorting the agreements reached between the leaders of the “Normandy format” , and also notes that the draft constitutional amendments in Ukraine despite the Minsk agreement, there is no word on the special status of Donbass, said in a commentary the Russian foreign Ministry in connection with legislative activity in Ukraine.The office drew attention to “the sharply increased flow of legislative initiatives of the administration of the Vladimir Zelensky, who was presented to the Parliament immediately after the “Norman” summit in Paris on 9 December”. “On 12 December, the Ukrainian parliamentarians was extended for another year the law on the special status of Donbass and on 13 December the President of Ukraine submitted to the Parliament of Ukraine the draft amendments to the Constitution on decentralization. At first glance, everything was done in the spirit of the Minsk agreements and is dedicated to the meeting of the contact group on 18 December. However, important nuances,” – said the Minister.
So, the extension of the law on the special status of Donbass sample 2014 although it is a step in the right direction, but cannot be considered as implementation of complex of measures 2015 and decisions “the Normandy” summits, said the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. These agreements require Kiev to negotiate with the Donetsk and Lugansk all the legal aspects of a special status to ensure its validity on an ongoing basis, along with the law, this implies the adoption of constitutional amendments and regulations stated in the Russian Ministry.”In addition, many of the provisions of the act obsolete. For example, according to the timing of elections in the Donbass in 2014, which is long past. Outdated reference to the law on the state language policy, which is no longer valid. Article 10, added in 2015, linking the entry into force of key articles of the law with the beginning of the powers of the new authorities after the elections, contrary to the “formula Steinmeier”. All it requires is adjustment”, – stated in the message.
Similar situation with the draft constitutional amendments, said in depodesta. “With their deeper study it becomes clear that we are not talking about decentralization of the country and the reform of its administrative-territorial device. The empowerment of regions is not provided. But tightened Central control. The prefects in the regions, appointed by the President, is given the right to initiate the cancellation of local laws, the displacement of the guide holding early elections. In spite of the Minsk agreements, there is no word on the special status of Donbass, which should be enshrined in the Constitution. All these issues also need to be clarified”, – said the Minister.”We hope that Ukrainian legislators will take a responsible approach to the implementation of the Minsk package of measures, avoiding substitution of concepts and distortions of the substance of the agreements of the leaders of “Normandy format”. Sure it will contribute to a comprehensive political settlement to the Ukrainian conflict in the Donbass”, – concluded the foreign Ministry.The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict were about 13 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.

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