25 October 2016

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Russian Duma threatens to "put an end" to Ukraine's territorial integrity

Minsk talks are the sole factor keeping territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the integrity itself is possible only owing to the goodwill of Russian leadership, that's according to Vyacheslav Nikonov, a deputy of Russia's State Duma which Ukraine deems illegitimate, Ukraine Today reported.


"I think if people in Kyiv were sane, they would not have staged such acts of terrorism [killing of Motorola], and would certainly not be happy about his death. It seems to me that it was one of the last steps towards independence of L/DPR [self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics considered terrorist organizations by Kyiv]. In the end, the Minsk process is the only thing that holds them de jure a part of Ukraine, although de facto they have seceded long time ago," Nikonov said speaking to one of the Russia's propaganda channels, according to Ukraine Today.

Nikonov also noted that "when the last threads that are somehow legally binding Ukraine and Donbas are cut, Kyiv has to appreciate these threads, the Minsk process, and an opportunity to meet with Putin."

Russia may resort to terrorist acts on Ukraine-controlled territory after liquidation of Motorola – expert"Patience of Donbas is not unlimited, and I am sure that Russian patience is not unlimited as well. Now the territorial integrity of Ukraine ... in fact, it exists only owing to the goodwill of the Russian leadership, but this goodwill begins to dry out quickly," the deputy noted.

"One shot, another shot - and the Minsk process is stopped. In this case, Russia will make such steps, which will really put an end to the territorial claims," Nikonov said.

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