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Amendments to Constitution of Ukraine aim to destroy Minsk agreeements, - Lavrov

Poroshenko's actions make me wonder if President Poroshenko actually interested in living up to the Minsk deal, Russian Foreign Minister says
21:32, 21 February 2019

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Moldovan President Igor Dodon at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia January 30, 2019
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The amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, which stipulate the country's membership in the EU and NATO, 'are supposed to destroy Minsk agreements'. Sergei Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia reported that at a press conference Thursday, as TASS quoted him.

'The way President Poroshenko approved the law, which obliges Ukraine to join NATO, with the pride and solemnity, made me wonder more than before if he actually wants to live up to the Minsk agreement. Because people who live in Donbas... they are demanded to reunite in the state based not on Minsk agreements, but on the Constitution which, from now on, obliges [the country] to join NATO; it is a provocation aimed at direct destruction of Minsk agreements', Lavrov said.

Related: Law on amendments to Ukraine's Constitution on EU, NATO integration takes effect

'President Poroshenko and his team want no settlement, only making the situation worse', he added. 'So we would like our French and German colleagues to pay attention to that and subject all these obvious, logical claims to the Ukrainian leaders. Apparently, it has to be done after the election [in Ukraine],' Lavrov said.

The changes to the Ukrainian Constitution, which stipulate Ukraine's aspirations to join the EU and NATO took effect on Thursday. The basic law states that this foreign policy course is supposed to mobilize the government and contribute to the successful implementation of reforms. The Ukrainian Parliament voted for the bill earlier this month, and then, the President signed it.

Related: Law on amendments to Constitution on EU, NATO integration comes into force on February 21

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