Pyatt: Elections in Donbas region to be held only after complete ceasefire state

Source : 112 Ukraine

US do not urge Ukraine to organize elections on occupied territories as long as attacks continue
12:30, 7 July 2016

According to Unian, US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt said this in an interview.

"We actively support the efforts of France and Germany for Minsk agreements implementation in Ukraine. Whether Kremlin accepts its basic obligations is still an open question, especially regarding security. We do not see that they are obliged. Carrying out its part of the Minsk agreements is the best that Ukraine can do now, indicating that the State is not the hindrance of their implementation. Nobody in Washington will require holding elections in the occupied territories until Ukrainian soldiers die on the demarcation line. This is a very clear condition: the complete ceasefire state first, and only then the elections", the Ambassador said.

According to him, the fact that the Donbas region is a Ukrainian territory is the main part of the Minsk Agreements.

"Internationally recognized borders of Ukraine must be restored. Russia is a side of the conflict, so it has to remove the military units and arms equipment from Ukraine's territory. Most of diplomats' efforts are focused on implementation of these simple conditions. This is not the case when the sides choose the part of the Agreement that is better for them to implement. Both sides have to oblige to all the conditions, this is the aim of the Minsk Agreements. Russia removes its forces; Ukraine closes the borders and starts the reconstruction of the regions. Just like that", Pyatt stressed.

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