Zelensky: Elections in Donbas to take place under Ukrainian legislation

The president noted that Ukrainian law excludes the presence of people with weapons
12:40, 2 December 2019

Press Service of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the elections in occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions might take place only according to Ukrainian legislation as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“The elections take place according to Ukrainian legislation. And Ukrainian law excludes the presence of people with weapons. All Ukrainian parties should have the access; observers, journalists, OSCE, Central Election Commission of Ukraine.  If there are armed groupings, any party will participate in the elections there,” Zelensky said.

He added that the issue of control over the border with the Russian Federation would be the most difficult, “if we will come to its discussion some day”.

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“I tell them honestly: I do not agree with the way the issue was solved in Minsk. According to Minsk Agreements, the elections take place first, then the control over the border,” the President of Ukraine said.

Earlier Zelensky presumed that the issue of a new contract on the transit of Russian gas to Europe through the territory of Ukraine would be discussed at the meeting in Normandy format on December 9, but it is not related to the problem of war in Donbas.

Besides, Ukraine’s president stated that the United States of America could help Ukraine return Crimea back.

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