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EU: Announced "elections" in DNR and LNR contradict Minsk agreements

The European Union expects that Russia "will use its influence on separatists in this respect"
20:31, 8 September 2018

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The announcement of "elections" in the territory of the DNR and LNR contradicts the Minsk agreements. This is reported in the statement of the EU Speaker Maya Kosjanchich, published on the official website of the European Union.

"The European Union fully supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders," the statement said.

The EU stressed that the implementation of the Minsk agreements "is the key to achieving a lasting peaceful settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine."

"In this context, the announcement that the so-called "elections" to be held in the so-called Lugansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic on November 11, 2018, contradict the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements that have specific provisions on the organization of local elections in this region, "the EU stressed.

In this regard, the European Union said that they expect Russia to "make full use of its influence on the separatists."

Earlier, militants announced the holding of "elections" on the territory of "DNR" and "LNR" on November 11, 2018.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called the international partners to increase pressure on Moscow in connection with the intention of the occupational administration of the Russian Federation to hold so-called special elections on the territory of the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The press office of the ministry reported.

‘In connection with the emergence in the Russian mass-media of messages about the intention of the occupational administration of the Russian Federation to hold so-called “special elections” of the leaders of militants and their illegitimate representative bodies on the territory of the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine notes that such actions of the Kremlin are flagrantly violating the obligations of the Russian Federation, as a side of the Minsk Agreements,’ reads the claim of the MFA.

The message stresses that these provocative actions of Russia are purposefully undermining the Minsk Agreements and are able to wipe out all international efforts for the resolution of the situation, emerged, as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and its occupied territory.  

‘In case of holding fake “special elections”, their results will be void, will not create any legal consequences and will not be recognized either by Ukraine or the world community,’ Ukrainian MFA reported.

Also, the Ministry says that all responsibility for the constant blocking and torpedoing of the process of the peaceful resolution is on the Russian Federation.

‘Calling the international partners to provide a clear estimate for the Kremlin’s actions and to increase political-diplomatic pressure on Russia, including the introduction of additional sanctions to make them back to the fulfillment of its obligations,’ reads the message.

The MFA claims that Ukraine from its side will remain loyal to the world resolution of the situation in Donbas based on the Minsk Agreements.

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