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Verkhovna Rada decision deposing Yanukovych is illegal - Pushkov

28 February 2014, 13:02

The legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada decision, which removed President Viktor Yanukovych from office, is highly doubtful, State Duma International Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov said. 'As far as I understand, the process of Yanukovych's deposing was rather confused and its legitimacy causes qualms,' Pushkov told reporters.

The opposition leaders who struck the deal with Yanukovych on February 21 on guarantee of EU representatives agreed that he would stay in office until the presidential election. 'Yet the Verkhovna Rada claimed the day after that Yanukovych was failing his duties. How he does not fulfill his duties? He went to Kharkiv for one day, not for two or three weeks.

But that [trip] was used as a pretext for actually removing him and Turchynov proclaimed himself the acting president. Why is that, who vested him with those powers? And why was Yanukovych's departure from Kyiv automatically interpreted as a ground to strip him of powers?' Pushkov wondered.

'It seems the sole purpose of the [February] 21 agreement guaranteed by the European Union was to remove Yanukovych from office. But that agreement said he would be the president until the elections were held. This is why Yanukovych says he remains the legitimate president of Ukraine,' the parliamentarian continued.

This is a formal agreement and no one has explained why 'it was suddenly disavowed,' Pushkov said, describing the situation as a serious collision.

Crimea cannot be denied right to hold self-determination referendum - Pushkov

Crimea cannot be denied the right to hold a referendum on self-determination, head of the State Duma international affairs committee Alexei Pushkov told reporters on Friday.

"If Crimea holds a referendum, this will be an absolutely legislative and legally binding base for changing its status, if the majority of the population votes for this," he said.

Pushkov said such a referendum would be a more legal form for changing Crimea's status than "spontaneous Maidan" in Kiev.

"If we are told that the Maidan could be a source of power, well, this is the will of the people. But why then can't the will of the people be the source of power and self-determination for Crimea. I think it cannot be denied this right," the parliamentarian said.

On Thursday, the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea announced it would hold a referendum of the autonomy's status and expansion of its powers.

Voice of Russia, TASS, Interfax

Source: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_28/ Verkhovna-Rada-decision-d eposing-Yanukovych-is-illegal-Pushkov-1474/



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