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 No amendments to Constitution to be made until Russia fulfils commitments made within Minsk process, - MP Lutsenko

The Ukrainian parliament will not consider amendments to the Constitution concerning the Donbas as long as Russia does not make the appropriate steps envisaged by the Minsk agreements.

Censor.NET correspondent reports that such a conclusion can be drawn from the statement of Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction Head Yurii Lutsenko.

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"Minsk agreements are not a one way street. They provide for a number of steps, which the Russian Federation has bound itself to make. They also include the Russian occupation troops that are to be withdrawn, and separatist gangs controlled by Moscow, which must lay down arms. Making the final step on the part of Ukraine is senseless prior to that," the MP said.

However, Yurii Lutsenko is confident that such amendments to the Ukrainian constitution pose no threat.

"The applicability of the law on the special order of self-government in the Donbas expires in two years. At the same time the Constitution comes into force in two years as well. That means that there is no threat. But we won't play this card until Putin fulfills commitments, which Russia's representative in the Minsk process has put his name to," he added.

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Asked whether amendments to the fundamental law will be adopted at the next session, Yurii Lutsenko said "I have voted for amendments to the rules today precisely because now we can undertake the second reading on the amendments to the Constitution at any session. And Ukraine will not complete its part of the process as long as Russia does not fulfill its commitments."

It should be reminded that the next parliamentary session will be held next week.

 
 
 
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