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 Enshrining special status of Donbas in Constitution unacceptable, Foreign Minister Klimkin says

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin says that amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of the special status of certain areas of the Donbas, required by the Russian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group, are fundamentally unacceptable.

"They will now be endlessly exploiting the issue of the special status and the way it should be enshrined. The problem is not that the special status should be granted for three years or more - they want to introduce amendments to the Constitution. And I consider it to be fundamentally unacceptable from the point of view of the process logic," Pavlo Klimkin said in his interview with the Den newspaper published on Friday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"They will certainly exploit this issue. They're not interested in the Donbas - they are engaged in destabilizing the situation in the country (Ukraine - Ed.). And they will keep trying to do so," the Ukrainian Foreign Minister said.

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Asked on expectations of Germany's presidency in the OSCE, in particular, whether the German side would be able to implement the "57-1" formula, stipulating non-admission of the party involved in aggression in the Donbas to the settlement of the conflict, the minister said that "in terms of consensus, it will be difficult but we are ready to discuss this issue, particularly in the context of coordination of certain parameters of the future strengthening of the OSCE mission."

"In fact, the adoption of the "57-1" formula will set a precedent, as it can change the OSCE greatly. It will certainly work in our favor. I have high opinion of Germans' ability to promote OSCE. But in general, I am skeptical about the idea to change the principles of this international security organization, which are based on decision-making by consensus," Pavlo Klimkin said.

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