German Ambassador: Elections in Donbas may be held despite Russian army presence

Source : 112 Ukraine

"Undoubtedly, the elections should take place in those conditions, which will correspond to the European standards", he stressed
15:48, 7 February 2017

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Holding elections in the occupied territory of the Donbas region is possible even without withdrawal of the Russian military units from there. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to Ukraine Ernst Reichel said this in an interview to RBK Ukraine.

"Optionally, the elections in Donbas can take place only when there will be no Russian troops or on each of the city administration will be posted Ukrainian flag. Without a doubt, it is rather difficult to imagine - the local elections without security. I am convinced that it is not something impossible; it all depends on the conditions", said Ambassador of Germany.

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At the same time, he said that everything will depend on the circumstances and Ukrainian authorities need to do so that the elections were possible.

"Undoubtedly, the elections should take place in those conditions, which will correspond to European standards. That is why safety, as well as other requirements of the electoral process are essential. Any Ukrainian politician should be able to spend his campaign without fear for his life. If it is not possible, then such elections cannot meet the standards", Ernst Reichel stressed.

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