Elections in Donbas to be only if foreign troops are disengaged - Poroshenko
Internally displaced persons, who left their homes due to Russian aggression in East Ukraine, should have the possibility to vote, Poroshenko noted
Kyiv is ready to hold elections in Donbas, but only upon condition that foreign troops will be withdrawn from its territory, the President Petro Poroshenko claimed in the interview to BBC Newsnight, BBC Ukraine reports.
"The only thing we need - just that the foreign troops were removed from the territory," he said.
The Ukrainian parliament is ready to take into account the specificity of elections in Donbas, he added.
"We have 1,5 mln of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had to leave the territory due to Russian aggression, and we, living in a democratic society, should allow them to vote," Poroshenko said.
In addition, Petro Poroshenko on the air of BBC Newsnight claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to “shake the global security order” due to economic problems and loss of support within Russia.
"I think it is absolutely clear that he [President Putin – ed.] wants the global instability. Exactly 18 months ago, when Russian troops appeared in Crimea ... and exactly 15 months ago, when Russian soldiers appeared in Donbas...and now, when they came into Syria - the goal remains one and the same," Poroshenko said.
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