Russia warns Ukrainian opposition

Opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said the 2004 consitution would spread powers more evenly between parliament and president.

Russia warns Ukrainian opposition

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia has warned the Ukrainian opposition to end their campaign of "ultimatums and threats" and to begin the negotiation process, after the country was rocked by a week of violent anti-government protests.

"We expect the opposition in Ukraine to avoid threats and ultimatums and step up dialogue with the authorities in order to finding a constitutional way out of the country's deep crisis," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Ukraine has been in a political crisis since the government backed out of a deal with the European Union in favor of a bailout from Russia in November.

Ukraine's pro-EU opposition hit the streets immediately, leading to the government to declare a ban on protests last week, but this only brought more opposition protesters on to the streets.

After they occupied the justice ministry building, the justice minister warned that she was going to issue a 'state of emergency' if the protesters did not leave the building. Ukraine's army has also put themselves on stand by.

Following the resignation of Mykola Azamov as prime minister, the opposition refused an offer to take his place.

Opposition seeks return to 2004 constitution

Ukraine's political opposition wants parliament to begin discussing a new draft bill about a possible return to the 2004 constitution, which would see a return to a "parliamentary-presidential system", on Tuesday.

Opposition party Batkivshchyna's leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said they had asked parliament to consider a return to the previous consistution, which operated between 2004 and 2010. He said returning to the 2004 is the only solution to end Ukraine's continuing political crisis.

Yatsenyuk said returning to the 2004 constitution would represent a return to a presidential authority that would allow parliament to establish a government, an independent judiciary and the reinstatement of the Parliament on Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and Ministry of Interior.

In 2010 the Ukrainian Constitutional Court announced that the 2004 constitution was illegal and ordered the reinstatement of the 1996's Constitution, which Yatsenyuk says gives the President dictatorial powers.

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