Lavrov: Russia is the only party standing for keeping Donbas part of Ukraine

Moscow is the only force for the preservation of Donbas within Ukraine in resolving the crisis.

This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"We're the only one who are trying to achieve it while insisting on the implementation of the obligation, which I mentioned - the constitutional reform with the participation of all regions and all political forces in Ukraine," Lavrov said, answering the question of whether Moscow's policy regarding the settlement of the Donbas crisis implies it remaining a part of Ukraine.

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At the same time, the minister said that there is a need to create "an opportunity for the Donbas to meet their financial needs through an agreement on tax issues with the center, so they can use their own language, so that they can celebrate their anniversaries and not those imposed by one part of the country."

According to Lavrov, the idea of celebrating national holidays of Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych birthdays is unacceptable for the Donbas, for those being considered national heroes only in the western and central Ukraine.

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"I do not see how the eastern and southern Ukraine can celebrate these holidays - they celebrate the 9th of May (Victory Day - ed.). We must proceed from this reality: you cannot impose some kind of ideology on the whole country, when there are several ideologies within it," Lavrov said.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n316405