Warning from Moscow: Russian Duma threatens to "put an end" to Ukraine's territorial integrity

14:07 Oct. 18, 2016

Russian Duma threatens to "put an end" to Ukraine's territorial integrity

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the first plenary session of newly elected State Duma on October, 5, 2016 in Moscow, Russia (Getty Images)

Integrity of Ukraine is possible "only owing to the goodwill of Russian leadership", says Russian lawmaker

Minsk talks are the sole factor keeping territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the integrity itself is possible only owing to the goodwill of Russian leadership.

This statement was made by Vyacheslav Nikonov, a deputy of Russia's State Duma which is considered illegitimate by Ukraine.

"I think if people in Kiev were sane, they would not have staged such acts of terrorism [killing of Motorola], and would certainly not be happy about his death. It seems to me that it was one of the last steps towards independence of L/DPR [self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics considered terrorist organisations by Kyiv]. In the end, the Minsk process is the only thing that holds them de jure a part of Ukraine, although de facto they have seceded long time ago," Nikonov said speaking to one of the Russia's propaganda channels.

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Nikonov also noted that "when the last threads that are somehow legally binding Ukraine and Donbas are cut, Kiev has to appreciate these threads, the Minsk process, and an opportunity to meet with Putin."

"Patience of Donbas is not unlimited, and I am sure that Russian patience is not unlimited as well. Now the territorial integrity of Ukraine ... in fact, it exists only owing to the goodwill of the Russian leadership, but this goodwill begins to dry out quickly," the deputy noted.

"One shot, another shot - and the Minsk process is stopped. In this case, Russia make such steps, which will really put an end to the territorial claims," Nikonov threatened.

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