There is no point in changing the amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution in order to consolidate the legal status of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. This was stated by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

“If Russia is not satisfied with the provisions of a certain law (or draft law) of Ukraine, then this is Russia‘s problem. We are an independent state and will adopt the laws which we consider as necessary ones. We respect our international obligations and always correlate our legislation with international obligations, but no country will tell us what the law should be,” the diplomat said.

He also noted that Ukraine has been implementing decentralization reform for several years, and within the framework of this process the legislation is being adopted and the Constitution is being amended. Accordingly, the perspectives of the occupied areas of Donbas are to be considered within this process.

“As for the mention of the so-called ORDLO in the Constitution, it is unacceptable for us, and we talk openly about it with our partners,” the minister said.

The Ukraine’s Foreign Minister says he hopes Russia will take a constructive position on the Minsk agreements and start with the first and most important rule of the Minsk agreements, i.e. a complete and comprehensive ceasefire. And attempts to distort the Minsk agreements, to interpret them on favourable terms for Russia are doomed to failure.

To recap, Ukraine demands explanations from the Russian Federation’s representative in Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Boris Gryzlov who spoke about Russia’s possible withdrawal from the Minsk agreements.

Bohdan Marusyak

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