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Ukraine Lawmakers Unseat Author of Plan to Lift Anti-Russia Sanctions

© REUTERS / Valentyn OgirenkoUkrainian deputies attend a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, March 15, 2016
Ukrainian deputies attend a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, March 15, 2016 - Sputnik International
The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday approved the proposal to unseat Andrii Artemenko, a lawmaker who drafted a plan to lift sanctions imposed against Russia, with 244 out of 450 votes, as the parliamentarian was no longer a Ukrainian citizenship under national law.

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KIEV (Sputnik) — The minimum number of votes required to pass a measure in Ukraine's parliament is 226.

Earlier in May, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said Artemenko lost his citizenship under a decree of the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, after obtaining a Canadian passport. Since Ukrainian laws prohibit dual citizenship, a motion to unseat the lawmaker was moved to parliament.

According to Ukraine's constitution, a lawmaker is prematurely deprived of his parliamentary seat in the event of losing the citizenship.

In February, The New York Times reported on Artemenko's plan, which called for the "withdrawal of all Russian forces" from eastern Ukraine and a referendum to lease Crimea to Russia for up to 100 years. Kiev has criticized the move and Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office has even initiated a criminal case against Artemenko on charges of treason.

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