Leonid Slutsky: The amendments to the Constitution of Russia adopted today by the State Duma in the second – main – reading are aimed at protecting sovereignty, the right of the Russian people to determine their fate, the integrity of the state, preservation of traditions and historical memory. And most importantly, they were approved with the support of the vast majority of deputies. Of course, the President of Russia played the main role in this. It was the visit of Vladimir Putin to the Okhotny Ryad that cut the “Gordian knot” of possible political contradictions.
Tomorrow will be the third, final reading in the Duma on constitutional reform, and after lunch the amendments will be considered by the Federation Council. But the decisive word should be said by Russian citizens at a popular vote on April 22.
We will continue to work intensively in the field of parliamentary diplomacy with a full understanding of the priority of the Basic Law. And, yes – Russia has not refused and does not refuse to fulfill its international obligations, no matter how our western opponents are now fighting in hysteria.