Leader of the Servant of the People Party Dmytro Razumkov has said the party does not support that way of federalization in Ukraine the Kremlin and some pro-Russian political forces in Ukraine insist on.
"The understanding of federalization which is today being pressed for in the international arena mainly by one state is of course out of the question," he told the Pravo na Vladu [Right to Power] TV panel show.
Razumkov was asked about the federalization following a recent interview with an ideologist of the party, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's envoy to parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk, in which he stated the party was not ready to ignore the opinion of Ukrainians on the introduction of a bicameral parliament expressed at a referendum in 2000. Journalists and experts interpreted this statement as a readiness for the "soft" federalization of the country.
Razumkov said he also thinks Ukrainian society's opinion should be taken into account, therefore the Servant of the People Party insists on the introduction of a law on people power, which legitimizes referendums in Ukraine. At the same time, he urged not to compare them with the so-called "referendums" in Donbas and in Crimea, which were conducted by Russia before their occupation.
"There is nothing in common between what happened in Donbas and in Crimea and the democratic will of citizens," Razumkov said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Russia's main idea was to federalize and dismember Ukraine.
"The essence and tactics of the Kremlin is to dismember Ukraine. To use Donbas and push this territory of the conflict into Ukraine under the flag of the Russian idea of federalization," he said.