Rada to decide on cutting diplomatic ties with Russia on Nov 16 – Speaker

16:20, 13 November 2017
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Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy has told reporters that the parliament on Thursday, November 16, will decide on an amendment to the law on severing diplomatic relations with Russia, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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He recalled that one of the amendments to the draft law on reintegration of Donbas includes the need to break diplomatic ties with Russia.

Parubiy noted that his position remained unchanged - he continues to advocate the introduction of a visa regime for Russian citizens. At the same time, he added that it's the Ukrainian government and foreign ministry who should seal the decision on the issue of severing diplomatic relations.

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Parubiy added that the bill includes a very important rule on recognizing the Russian Federation as an aggressor at the legislative level.

"And I consider this the bill's key element," he told a Kyiv briefing. At the same time, the speaker specified that, if the profile Rada Committee does not decide on the bill, "we will have to wait two more weeks until the next plenary meeting."

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