Monday, November 13 2017 21:07 EET
Ukraine
Turchynov comments on cutting diplomatic ties with Russia
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According to the bill on Donbas de-occupation cutting diplomatic ties with Russia, specified as agressor, is not envisaged.

The question of breaking off diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Russia is not part of the bill on de-occupation of Donbas, and such a decision should be made by the government at the request of the foreign minister, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has said.

"This [issue of severing diplomatic relations with Russia] is not the subject of law. This is the decision to be made by the government on the proposal of the foreign minister. Therefore, the parliament cannot take over the functions of the Cabinet of Ministers," he told reporters in Kyiv on Saturday, reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

Speaking about the draft law on de-occupation of Donbas, Turchynov said: "The law should ensure the real de-occupation of the Donbas territories... I think that after the committee processes all amendments, it will be necessary to see the final version of the document. It is very important to leave the ideas that we offered unchanged. Russia is an aggressor country. Ukraine is working out a technology for the return of all occupied territories."

In addition, he said, according to this initiative, "in the occupied territories we guarantee the return of property and everything that people lost during the Russian occupation."