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Russia official hopes not to allow use of forces in Ukraine again

English.news.cn   2014-06-26 00:38:56

MOSCOW, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Russia spared no effort to search for a peaceful solution to Ukraine crisis, not to resort to military forces, chairwoman of the upper house of Russian parliament Valentina Matviyenko said Wednesday.

No one should expect the Federation Council, or the upper house of Russian parliament, to allow the use of Russian army forces in Ukraine again, the Itar-Tass news agency quoted the chairwoman as saying.

Russia is doing everything possible to assist the peaceful process and de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine, Matviyenko said, stressing that "Kiev should follow pragmatic approach and common sense for the development of cooperation between the two countries."

She said that dispute over Crimea's status between Moscow and Kiev should not hinder normalization of the bilateral relations.

"Crimea today is a de-facto and de-jure part of the Russian Federation. No compromise could be made about that." The republic joined Russia under its people's will, not by aggression or annexation, she added.

She also committed to continue the dialogues with Ukrainian parliament during a phone conversation Tuesday with Oleksandr Turchynov, chairman of Ukraine's parliament, or Supreme Rada.

"There are many problems due to be discussed," Matviyenko said, "We'll search for a new format to develop cooperation."

She warned the cancellation of the March 1 resolution does not mean that Russia will turn a blind eye to people's suffering and violation of civil rights in Ukraine.

The upper house of Russia's parliament voted Wednesday to revoke the March 1 resolution at the request of President Vladimir Putin, which approved his original request to use armed forces in Ukraine until the "political-social situation in the country is normalized."

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said the Russian Federation Council's decision was "a positive step" on Wednesday.

Editor: yan
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