Ukraine Agreement on need for reform
- In a meeting in Paris between Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, an agreement has been reached upon working for a diplomatic solution in the Ukraine crisis through an “inclusive constitutional reform.”
- Although they disagreed over the causes of the crisis in Ukraine, they reached upon a consensus over identifying the top 4 priorities viz; assure minority and language rights; disarm irregulars and provocateurs; launch an inclusive constitutional reform; hold free and fair elections.
- While Russia believes that nobody can impose anything on Ukrainians, it is firm on wanting Ukraine to transfer itself into a federation with broad autonomy rights for its regions to prevent any further splits.
- USA on the other hand believes it is up to Ukrainians to decide what works for them, but is opposed to the federal structure as that could give Russian-speaking eastern and southern regions veto power against joining NATO or the European Union (EU).
- Russian Roadmap to Ukraine Reforms