31 March 2014, 03:30

Federalization of Ukraine is the only way from crisis - Lavrov

Federalization of Ukraine is the only way from crisis - Lavrov

Russia believes that there is no other way to settle down the political crisis in Ukraine than federalization of the country. “We are convinced that the constitutional reform in Ukraine should include federalization as one of its main topics,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in the early hours of Monday, after four hours of talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Ukraine’s unity should be realized with taking the interests of all the country’s regions into account, without any exceptions,” Sergey Lavrov continued. “Ukraine’s western, eastern and southern regions have different political traditions and different interests, and to make Ukraine function as one state, a compromise between all these interests should be found.”

“However, it is up to Ukrainians themselves to solve their problems,” the Russian Foreign Minister added. “Nobody has the right to impose any schemes on them. The scenario of solving the crisis should take the interests of all Ukraine’s regions and all the disputable questions into account. This should be done with respect to traditions – political, economic, religious and language – of all the regions of Ukraine.”

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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