State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbec offered Ukrainian lawmakers to abolish the tenth section of the Constitution, which bears the name “Autonomous Republic of Crimea”. He stated this in an interview with RIA Novosti.
The MP believes that “given current realities and the Russian status of Crimea, the Constitution is outdated for exactly three years.” “The working group should not think over additions and changes to the tenth section of the Constitution, and to amend for its abolition, otherwise the main document of the country looks nothing more than a fake,” said Balbec.
The MP appealed to Ukrainian politicians with an appeal “not to live in unrealistic illusions” and not to deceive their own people regarding its claims to the Peninsula. “All speculation over the status of Crimea in Ukraine will have no legal consequences”, — he said.
11 may it became known that the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine established a working group to develop proposals for amendments and additions in the Crimea, dedicated to the tenth section of the Constitution. The first meeting is to be held on may 22 at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, said “UKRINFORM”. The group included scientists-constitutionalists and parliamentarians.
Crimea became part of Russia in the spring of 2014 as a result of the referendum, the vast majority of participants who voted for this decision. Kiev refuses to recognize the results of the plebiscite, calls the Peninsula occupied territory and requires the return of it. Moscow insists that the procedure was conducted in full accordance with international law and the UN Charter. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the Crimea issue “is closed permanently.”