"What we are witnessing today is further political confrontation in Ukraine, and constitutional changes are solely used as a pretext to fuel political struggle for power," he told reporters.
Putin recalled that in accordance with the Minsk agreements, amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine should be discussed and agreed with the Donbas. "Nothing like that, unfortunately, today Kyiv is not taking any steps to negotiate the amendments. And that's the most important, the principal thing," Putin said.
Except that, according to Putin, the law on local elections should also be agreed with the territories. Moreover, the amnesty law should also be adopted and the law on special status of these territories should be put into force.
"Unfortunately, all these terms are not fulfilled today by our colleagues in Kyiv," Putin said.
He believes that recent riots in Kyiv's center are not related to changes to country's constitution.
"As to these tragic events, I believe that this is not in any way related to the constitutional changes, as all that is now offered as a change is entirely declarative and, in fact, does not alter Ukraine's power structure," he said to reporters.