The Yabloko faction in the State Duma may
support the idea of signing the Union Treaty between RF
and Belarus, provided that Yabloko's proposals on the essence
and contents of the document are taken into account.
At a briefing in Moscow on Monday, Vladimir
Lukin, Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs
of the State Duma (Yabloko), said that the delegation from
Yabloko submitted "a number of significant amendments"
to the document at the conference on the Union Treaty, which
took place last Saturday in Minsk.
According to Vladimir Lukin, Yabloko thinks
that the fledgling Co-operation Council (involving the presidents,
prime ministers and heads of parliaments of the Russian
Federation and Belarus) should not issue any binding decrees
Otherwise Vladimir Lukin believes that we
may run the following risk: that the Co-operation Council
"may adopt anything, including an extension of the
proxies of one of the presidents", that would mean
"passing beyond the boundaries of the right democratic
The essence of the faction's proposal is
to either extend the proxies of the "present joint
parliament or speed up the elections of the legislative
body of a newly convened Commonwealth", said Vladimir
Lukin. According to Vladimir Lukin, 90% of Yabloko's proposals
may be accepted.
In this case Yabloko will obviously support
the signing of the Union Treaty between the Russian Federation
and Belarus, stressed Vladimir Lukin. Commenting on journalist
inquiries as to the reaction of Yabloko to the abrupt criticism
of Yabloko's proposals on the settlement of the Chechen
crisis issued by Anatoli Chubais, head of the RAO-EC of
Russia, Vladimir Lukin said that the recent use by Anatoli
Chubais of the term "traitor" to characterise
Yabloko's leader, Grigory Yavlinsky, may only mean that:
"he (Anatoli Chubais) feels lonely with his present
reputation and would like to share it with someone else".
When he answered journalist questions, Vladimir
Lukin expressed his hope that the anti-terrorist operation
of the federal forces in Chechnya would not involve any
attempt to storm Grozny. According to Vladimir Lukin: "in
this case, we might well see a repetition of the Gudermes
scenario" (achieving control of the town with the help
of the local population).
This option is possible, as Vladimir Lukin
believes that the present war in Chechnya is not a people's
war on behalf of the people of Chechnya and the latter demonstrate
a readiness to co-operate with the federal forces.
Based on Interfax information.