Medvedev Says Russia Not Obliged to Guarantee Ukraine’s Territorial Sovereignty
|News | 20.05.2014 | 15:26|
Russia is not obligated to guarantee the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine because it never took on that obligation, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
“We are not obliged to guarantee anyone anything because we never took those obligations upon ourselves in regard to this issue, but we are proceeding in the fact that the main goal is calming the situation in Ukraine, not guaranteeing anyone anything, but calming the situation,” Medvedev said during an interview with Bloomberg.
The Russian prime minister stressed that Moscow was expecting certain commitments from those coming to the negotiating table, including a guarantee for non-interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs, a guarantee not to draw the crisis-torn country into NATO, and assurance that people in eastern Ukraine will not lose their right to use the Russian language.
Medvedev also said that major obligations to the Ukrainian people rest with the authorities and these are, first of all, to ensure order in the country and begin a national dialogue on reconciliation, which according to the prime minister, should result in a new constitution.