Poroshenko rules out federalization of Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the amendments to the Constitution concerning the decentralization of the country do not include federalization.
"No federalization will be allowed, and the issues of defense of the state, security, public order, and foreign relations - the key issues on which the integrity and the vertical power structure in the state rest, will be exclusively in the competence of the state authorities," he said while opening a meeting of the National Council Reforms in Kyiv on Tuesday.
"We will send the message not to create Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Bessarabia or other republics. We will not allow it! If somebody tries it, there will be an immediate response, which is stipulated by the Constitution, [which] is clearly stated and approved by representatives of local government, regional councils, the Venice Commission and experienced lawyers. That is very important, as this is the way a consensus in the country should be achieved," Poroshenko said.
"I am confident the decentralization is our future," Poroshenko said, adding that the experience of Poland made this clear.