Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky:
“Statements by the representative of the EU foreign service Peter Stano that allegedly amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation violate Russia’s international obligations, to put it mildly, do not correspond to the truth. I would say that this is a peculiar form of regular interference in our affairs, especially during the course of the already begun voting on amendments to the Basic Law.
We have consistently explained and continue to explain to our European partners: the amendments to Article 79 in no way cancel the international obligations of the Russian Federation, Russia has complied with them and will continue to do so. It is a matter of establishing the priority of the Constitution, which fully complies with foreign experience. A much tougher primacy of national legislation over international, for example, exists in European countries such as Britain and Germany, not to mention the United States.
I urge all citizens of the Russian Federation to come to polling stations or remotely electronically take part in the all-Russian vote on amendments to the Constitution. ”