: Nuland: Russia should not expect constitutional changes in Ukraine until Minsk deal implemented

11:51 Mar. 16, 2016

Nuland: Russia should not expect constitutional changes in Ukraine until Minsk deal implemented

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sept. 12, 2015 (AP Photo)

Victoria Nuland noted Ukraine supports concrete steps developed by Normandy Four

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland stresses that the Russian Federation and its proxies should not expect the Ukraine parliament to amend the country's Constitution before the implementation of security provisions of the Minsk agreements.

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"Taking these steps now and releasing hostages will greatly improve the environment for compromise in Kyiv on election modalities and political rights for Donbas.

In the meantime though, neither Moscow, nor self-appointed Donbas authorities should expect the Ukrainian Rada to take up key outstanding political provisions of Minsk, including election modalities and constitutional amendments before the Kremlin and its proxies meet their basic security obligations under Minsk," Nuland said at the meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations devoted to the issue of "Ukrainian reforms two years after the Maidan Revolution and the Russian invasion."

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She noted that at the early March meeting of Normandy Four Ministers, Ukraine supported concrete steps to pull back forces from the line of contact, to increase OSCE monitors and equipment in key hot spots, and to establish more OSCE bases deeper in Donbas and on the Ukrainian-Russian border.

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