Ukraine to not discuss draft law on Donbas reintegration during Minsk talks

Source : 112 Ukraine

Modifying Ukrainian laws is the exclusive and sovereign right of the state, - Ukraine’s envoy in Minsk group
15:19, 23 June 2017

The Verkhovna Rada

Ukraine will not be discussing the draft bill about re-integration of the occupied areas of Donbas during sessions of Minsk talks group. Iryna Gerashchenko, First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and Ukraine’s representative in the humanitarian subdivision of the group posted that on Facebook.  

‘Of course, we do not plan on discussing that in Minsk, because it is Ukraine’s sovereign right to modify its laws so as to restore sovereignty and territorial integrity,’ she wrote.     

The official added that the Minsk talks parties never discussed decisions made in the Kremlin – like the one about Russia’s recognition of documents of the self-styled ‘republics’, or the one about switching from Ukrainian hryvnya to Russian ruble in the occupied territories of Donbas.

‘So now we demand to cancel all such decisions and decrees; this is part of our struggle for reintegration of our territories,’ she wrote.     

According to Geraschenko, the draft law was also not presented during the recent visits of President Poroshenko to Washington and Brussels.  

The Ukrainian envoy in Minsk group added that Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council will consider the draft law in the near time.  

Previously, President Petro Poroshenko charged the MPs to develop the draft law on re-integration of the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine. According to him, it is based in the Minsk agreement, which aims to put an end to the ongoing hostilities in Donbas.

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