10:54 09.11.2017

Poroshenko against breaking off diplomatic relations with Russia

Poroshenko against breaking off diplomatic relations with Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko does not support the idea of breaking off diplomatic relations with Russia, Ivan Vinnyk, a deputy of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, said.

According to the Pryamy channel, the deputy made the statement after his faction met at the Presidential Administration on Wednesday night.

"The president does not support the idea of breaking off relations with Russia. The idea I have submitted for the parliamentary committee's consideration is still being pondered; we will be working out modalities," Vinnyk said.

On Wednesday, a group of unaffiliated deputies in the Verkhovna Rada submitted an amendment for the second reading of the bill on ensuring Ukraine's sovereignty over Donbas, which would bind the government to break off diplomatic relations with Russia.

The deputies' amendment would compel the Ukrainian government to initiate the termination of diplomatic relations with the "aggressor state," originally established on February 18, 1992, within three months of the law's taking effect.

The newspaper Kommersant said on November 9 that Verkhovna Rada deputy Vinnyk of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc was planning to propose an amendment to the Donbas reintegration bill which would stipulate the termination of diplomatic relations with Russia.

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