Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has said that Ukraine never agreed with Russia on securing in the Constitution any “special status” for Donbas.
Prystaiko said this during “Freedom of Speech” panel show on the ICTV.
Foreign Minister commented on the Kremlin’s statements about the need to consolidate the special status of Donbas in Ukrainian legislation, and is there any conditions for holding the Normandy Four summit to amend the new version of the law “On the special procedure for local governments in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.”
To Prystaiko, the law on special procedure expires on December 31.
“No, there is no such condition. Anyway, we are going to update the law. It must be changed, it is outdated, our deputies must adopt a new version of the law,” the Foreign Minister stressed.
Prystaiko also noted whether consultations were being held with Moscow regarding the content of this new law.
“Moscow put those questions that date beck to the Minsk agreements that these special ‘features’ should be in line with some set of expectations. And the fact that they say, for example, that it is necessary to amend the Constitution – no, we never agreed on that,” the head of the diplomatic department said.
He noted that during Minsk talks, the sides only agreed to carry out constitutional reform based on decentralization.
Ukrainian government is not negotiate with any militants, and negotiations are being conducted with the Russian Federation through the mediation of the OSCE.