Ukraine rejects Russia’s crisis management proposals

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry objects the proposals outlined in the position of its Russian counterpart on resolving the Ukrainian crisis, said Director of Foreign Information Policy Yevgeni Perebiynis.

“The position stated there is absolutely unacceptable for the Ukrainian side,” quotes Yevhen Perebiynis the “Interfax-Ukraine” news agency.

As Kharkov News Agency has earlier reported, Russia has proposed to establish a contact support group for crisis management in Ukraine. The Group would target implementation of the 21 February agreements on surrender of “illegal weapons”, release of illegally occupied buildings and streets, investigation of deaths in Kiev. Russia also proposes, “Without delay, approve a Ukrainian parliament decree on calling up a Constitutional Assembly with equal representation of all Ukrainian regions, to prepare a new Federal Constitution.” The new Constitution should establish federal system of Ukraine, its military and political neutrality, the state status for the Russian language, protection of human rights of all minorities, electivity of local authorities and non-interference in the church affairs. The draft Constitution were to be proposed to a nation-wide referendum. Another principle of the Group’s support for Ukraine — recognition and respect for Crimea’s right to determine own destiny following the results of the referendum held on March 16.

About 96.77% of the voters on the referendum favour reunification of Crimea with Russia. The turnout was 83.1%.

Виктор Другоруб


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