Lavrov: Federalization to help Ukraine out of crisis

Moscow is confident there is no other way out of the Ukrainian crisis but federalization.

Moscow is confident there is no other way out of the Ukrainian crisis but federalization.

"Yes, we are positive that federalization is an extremely important component of the constitutional reform, because the primary objective is the unity of Ukraine through the consideration of interests of all regions of that country, without exception," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said early on Monday morning after four-hour negotiations with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"The West and the East, the West and the South advocate rather contradictory values, hence, it is necessary to reach consensus and compromise between all regions currently incorporated by Ukraine, without exception, so that this country operates as a single state," he said.

"We agree that the decision must be made by Ukrainians themselves, no one else can push any scheme on them," Lavrov said.

At the same time, he noted that the scheme should include the voices of all regions of the country and every aspect. Besides, it is necessary to agree which traditions - political, economic, language and religious - will be honored in each particular region of Ukraine, Lavrov said.

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