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Volker: Elections announced in occupied Donbas illegal

Regarding Ukraine, US Special Envoy said it he doubted the possibility of progress in talks on the situation in the east
11:32, 12 September 2018

Voice of America

Elections announced by the self-proclaimed so-called “republics of Luhansk and Donetsk” are illegal. This was stated by the US Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, as DW agency reports.

According to Volker, the “elections” on the occupied Donbas territories breach the logic of the Minsk agreements. At the same time, the occupied territories do not have the basic security conditions.

"If you follow the logic of the Minsk agreements and the restoration of this territory to Ukrainian control, then these entities go away. So, holding elections: Not a legitimate exercise in itself given the security conditions, and also because these are not entities that should exist. When there is security, there should be elections for the mayors, oblast [regional] administration and so forward," Volker said.

Related: Poroshenko and Volker discussed further steps for de-occupation of Donbas

At the same time, he stressed that he doubted that in the near future progress could be made in negotiations on the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine. In his opinion, Moscow took a wait-and-see position.

"I think the Russians have apparently decided that they're not going to be making new efforts for peace right now; they'd rather wait it out and see the results of elections in Ukraine next year," Volker said.

As is was reported earlier, the EU Speaker Maya Kosjanchich stated that the announcement of "elections" in the territory of the DNR and LNR contradicts the Minsk agreements. 

Kurt Volker, said that “LNR” and “DNR” “need to be disbanded. There is no place for them in Ukraine’s constitutional order.” 

Related: U.S. ready to expand arms deliveries to strengthen defense of Ukraine, - Volker

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