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28 May 2024, 19:22

Putin: Parliament and its speaker constitute only legitimate power in Ukraine

MINSK, 28 May (BelTA) - The Constitution of Ukraine provides for the extension of the powers of Verkhovna Rada (national parliament) only. It says nothing about the president’s powers, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a news conference to sum up his visit to Uzbekistan, TASS reports.

According to the current laws of Ukraine, the supreme power after the expiration of presidential powers should be transferred to the speaker of parliament, Vladimir Putin said. If elections in Ukraine are not held during martial law, this does not mean that the presidential term is extended.

The only legitimate power in Ukraine is Verkhovha Rada and its speaker, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "The matter is that Ukraine’s statehood is based on the idea of parliamentary and presidential republic rather than a presidential republic. It means that the country’s representative body holds all basic levers of power. This is quite logical that this is what the constitution is built on, and hence, other legal acts stemming from it. Therefore, strictly speaking, according to a preliminary assessment, the only legitimate power is parliament and the Rada speaker," Vladimir Putin said. 

He expressed the opinion that a serious and in-depth analysis should be carried out on the topic of the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities. According to him, the final answer to the question of the legitimacy of the authorities should be given by the political and legal system of Ukraine. "It is not that difficult," he added.
The Russian president admitted that the West wants a gradual change of power in Ukraine, so that the new leadership is not responsible for previous unpopular decisions.
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