Russia wants Donbass to remain part of Ukraine - Lavrov

Moscow is the only force calling for Donbass to remain part of Ukraine in resolving the crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Interfax.

Moscow is the only force calling for Donbass to remain part of Ukraine in resolving the crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Interfax.

"Currently, we are the only ones seeking it, by insisting on compliance with the very obligation I spoke about: introducing a constitutional reform involving all regions and all political forces in Ukraine," Lavrov said, when asked whether Moscow is pursuing the line towards resolving the Donbass problem with the region remaining part of Ukraine.

At the same time the minister said that the southeast of Ukraine should be "allowed to financially meet its needs at the expense of a deal with the center over tax issues, so that they can use their language, celebrate their commemorative dates and not the ones imposed by one part of the country."

The idea of celebrating the birthday of Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevich as a national holiday is unacceptable for Ukraine's southeast, Lavrov said.

"I do not see how these holidays can be celebrated in the east and south of Ukraine, they mark May 9 there. One should proceed from this reality: you cannot impose some ideology on the entire country when there are several of such ideologies represented in the country," Lavrov said.

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