Russia calls Ukraine PM’s unity poll proposal a “sham”

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The Kiev authorities are engaging in “shams” in place of a broad nationwide discussion involving all of the country’s political forces and regions on ways to end the continuing crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

The Kiev authorities are engaging in “shams” in place of a broad nationwide discussion involving all of the country’s political forces and regions on ways to end the continuing crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

“We have taken note of the remarks made by “acting Prime Minister of Ukraine” [Arseniy] Yatsenyuk, who said that a certain nationwide poll should be held on May 25, 2014 that would address, among other issues, the “decentralization of power”. At the same time, he said that the Cabinet of Ukraine confirmed “its vision of the regional reform”. It was said separately that the government of the country is “ready to offer additional guarantees to the Russian-speaking population and other language minorities” on the territory in question. However, no details of these “additional guarantees” were given,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.

“Such plans of the Kiev authorities are divorced from reality and only serve to cause our surprise. Does Kiev really expect to be able to hold serious discussions in Ukrainian society, in all regions of Ukraine addressing these most crucial issues of the country’s future structure before May 25, 2014? These statements appear to be especially cynical amid the continuing military operation by Kiev against its own people,” it said.

“Instead of launching a broad nationwide discussion in the country concerning the search for ways out of this deep political and socioeconomic crisis involving all political forces and all regions, the Kiev authorities are engaging in “shams”. All this will only serve to further deepen the crisis in the country,” the Russian ministry said.

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