Nikonorova: Poroshenko changed his tune on decentralization

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September 14th, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 
– DNR – translated by J. Flores – 

DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko changed his rhetoric on the issue of changes to the constitution in terms of decentralization, possibly due to pressure from European politicians and the OSCE, said acting Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, a representative of the DPR in the political subgroup, Natalia Nikonorova. [Decentralization is part of the Minsk II Agreement, required for Kiev to fulfill.]

Poroshenko said Tuesday that he expects amendments to the constitution for the decentralization of power to be adopted in the Verkhovna Rada in the near future, which includes a provision on the status of Donbass. Previously he had stated [to the contrary – ed] that the relevant constitutional changes will not be considered in the Parliament for a second reading, so long as the present conditions are in place.

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“From European politicians and representatives of the OSCE, we have  increasingly began to hear statements about the need to move forward with the process negotiated in the  Minsk  Agreement from their ‘stand-still’, where the fault has been Ukraine’s. Probably, due to pressure from Western leaders, the Ukrainian President’s rhetoric has changed”, Nikonorova said. 

According to her, the DPR is ready for dialogue, and will only  “welcome steps in consultation with representatives of the republics for the amendments to the constitution and their adoption, if this is being done in good faith.” 

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