The adoption of amendments to Russia’s Constitution will make all bills related to the return of Crimea to Ukraine “unconstitutional”. This was stated by Andrey Klishas, co-chairman of the working group on drafting amendments to the Constitution and chairman on the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction, in an interview with RBC.
"This was written so that no one could seriously amend the legislation under which Crimea is transferred to Ukraine," Klishas stated.
In addition, He said that changes to the Constitution were being made so that no body of state power, including the president or parliament or government, could seriously negotiate on the return of Crimea to Ukraine.
The relevant amendment to the Constitution provides that actions aimed at the alienation of part of the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as calls for such actions, are not allowed.
At the same time, commenting on the amendment, Klishas noted that if it was adopted, diplomats would not be able to negotiate with other countries on the transfer of land.
"Diplomats will not have such powers. There will be a constitutional ban," the official added.
As we reported earlier, a nationwide vote on Russia's constitutional reforms will be held on July 1.
These changes will allow Vladimir Putin to serve two more back-to-back six-year terms until 2036 if he gets reelected.