BRUSSELS, 25 June. /TASS/. the European Commission (EC) considers that the amendment of the priority of the Russian Constitution over international law violates the obligations of the Russian Federation. With the corresponding statement was made at a press-conference in Brussels, the representative of the foreign service of the EC Peter Stano.
“There are various amendments, One of them we are particularly interested in. We are talking about the amendment, which puts the Russian Constitution over international law and decisions of international tribunals. This amendment, according to the Venice Commission, does not meet international obligations of the Russian Federation”, — he said and noted that Brussels is “very closely” for the process in Moscow. “We hope and expect that Russia will maintain a legal framework that will ensure the fulfillment of its international obligations,” he added.
Earlier, foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, commenting on the report of the Venice Commission, stressed that the priority of the Russian Constitution does not mean the end of international obligations of Moscow, the Russian Federation voluntarily sign only those treaties that do not conflict with the basic law and ratified in accordance with it.
Moscow’s Right to its own constitutional construction recognized, answering questions of journalists, the European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer: “As far as I know, Russia is not an EU member, and when we talk about the Constitution, then it has its own internal Affairs and procedure. When it comes to international relations of Russia, which may affect the EU, we can something to say. But the question of whether there should be a limitation of presidential terms, the EU does not have something to say simply because we have different norms,” he said.
amendments to Constitution
In January 2020 in his address to the Federal Assembly, Vladimir Putin proposed to amend the basic law a number of amendments that would make the document more relevant to the contemporary reality and would perpetuate the results achieved.
After discussion of the amendments by the ad hoc working group on 11 March the state Duma adopted in the final reading the presidential bill. On the same day it was approved by the Federation Council, then the document was supported by the legislative assemblies of all subjects of the Russian Federation. The results of this review, 14 March, the Federation Council adopted a resolution and sent it to the President.
the Document including enshrines at the constitutional level a number of social guarantees, expands the powers of the Parliament, introduces limitations for Executive officers, sets the priority of the Russian Constitution over the requirements of international law, enshrines the role and status of the state Council, as well as predusttrivet no more than two presidential terms, however, the acting head of state after the amendment enters into force will be able to run for President again.
a nationwide vote began on Thursday, June 25, on the territory of Russia. The main day of voting, according to the decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin — July 1, however, the Russians can vote in the period from 25 to 30 June. According to the decision of Russia’s Central election Commission, polling stations will be open from 25 June to 1 July from 08:00 to 20:00 local time in all regions of the Russian Federation, the counting of votes will take place after 20:00 local time on 1 July across all seven days of the vote. In addition to the vote before primary day (from 25 to 30 June), provided voting outside the premises (including adjoining areas), non-home voting, remote electronic voting in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod region and vote on the location through the mechanism of “Mobile voters”.