EU and Moscow “consult” on Ukraine’s Constitution


More, War in the Donbas

Article by: Nataliya Pysanska

Consultations took place behind closed doors in Berlin on Thursday, August 20, with legal experts from the “Normandy Four” countries (Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine) and the participation of representatives of the Venice Commission, which is an advisory body of the Council of Europe.

There were three parts to the meeting. The first — examination of the special status of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Second — the holding of local elections in these oblasts. Third — discussion of the legal aspects of the constitutional changes regarding Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Germany, which is insisting of the rapid implementation of the 11th point of the Minsk II agreement, initiated the meeting. Ukraine was represented by former deputies Serhiy Holovatyi and Roman Bezsmertnyi.

As reported by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the purpose of the consultations was to explain to the representatives of the Russian Federation the legal aspects of the constitutional changes in Ukraine. At issue is the 11th point of the Minsk II agreements, which provides for the implementation of constitutional reform in Ukraine by the end of 2015, taking into account the peculiarities of particular districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The status of these districts is to be regulated by a separate law, which according to Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Oksana Syroyid, is against the national interests of Ukraine. However, both Brussels and the countries of the Norman Four are insisting on its implementation even before the end of the year.

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov stated earlier that the Russian representatives would bring two documents to Berlin — the Minsk set of measures together with the amendments to the Constitution that have been approved in the Verkhovna Rada and those documents that pertain to the holding of local elections in the Donbas and the granting of special status to these territories. According to Lavrov, Russia has prepared a document with a “detailed analysis” of Kyiv’s implementation of the Minsk agreements that “proves” that Ukraine is impeding the peace process.

The spokesperson for the German government appealed to all parties to the conflict to implement the Minsk agreements and expressed concern about the recent escalation of the situation in the east of Ukraine.

On Monday, August 24, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will conduct negotiations with French President Francois Hollande and afterwards will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych

Source: Radio Svoboda

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  1. Avatar optionrider says:

    Both Miisk agreements seem to be dead in the water, and the Normandy format will be likely replaced by a larger gremium including Canada, the US, the EU and NATO, perhaps even Poland.

    Russia keeps losing its bargaining power and is now being abandoned even by its frenemy China whose trade volume with Angola has just exceeded the volume with Russia, and has designed its Silk Road the way it totally bypasses Russia, but can be branched out to Ukraine.

    Global hydrocarbon prices keep falling and will likely stay low for the next few years what will be enough to send Putlerreich float belly-up in its own excrement no later than 2018.

  2. Avatar Evelyn Myketa Livingston says:

    I think its appalling that russia should have any say on the terms of the Constitution of ukraine!

    1. Avatar optionrider says:

      Exactly! Here are two links Russia cannot ignore.

      Mr. Sikorski has made his name, together with former Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, as a co-creator of the EU Eastern Partnership concept and its successful implementation.

  3. Avatar gmab says:

    Don’t do it. There should be a Referendum to this amendment. Large protests are planned to address this betrayal & to discourage PP from caving. Since Putin isn’t involved in the next Normandy meeting, perhaps this is a positive sign. He won’t last much longer. It’s a waiting game for the time being.