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Election in Donbas is red light to negotiation process, - official

The so-called 'election' organized by the pro-Russian militants will take place on November 11
14:24, 8 November 2018

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The so-called 'election' in Donbas, which should be held by the pro-Russian militants of 'Luhansk People's Republic' (LPR) and 'Donetsk People's Republic' (DPR) on November 11 means the red light to the whole negotiating process on the settlement of Donbas situation. Yevhen Marchuk, the representative of Ukraine at the security group at Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported.

Marchuk predicts that a number of statements will be made, first of all, by Germany and France until the date of the election, November 11, including a joint one.

'And I know that the phone talks with Vladimir Putin should take place. But Russia clearly states that 'we do not hold it, we support it,' Marchuk claimed.

Related: Militant-organized election in Donbas contradicts Minsk agreements, - Merkel

'Then a very important question will be raised; how will we solve this issue? Today, there is no clear answer. We need a greater vision, including from Ukraine. But it is clear that it is a big question mark and red light to the negotiating process,' he said.

Marchuk also reported that the next session of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk would take place on November 20.

Earlier, Russian militants announced that the local election would be held on the territory of 'people's republics' in Donbas on November 11, 2018. This is due to the assassination of Aleksandr Zakharchenko, former leader of 'Donetsk People's Republic.'

Related: Election in Donbas to fill “power vacuum” after Zakharchenko’s murder, - Russia’s UN envoy

Russian delegation in Minsk talks group said it was ready to recognize the outcome of the election. Ukraine's Poroshenko stated that the 'elections' would have no legal consequences and would not be recognized by the international community.

Besides, Poroshenko emphasized that holding the 'elections' in occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions might cause a new wave of sanctions against Russia.

On November 6, Iryna Gerashchenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, reported that the Russian delegation officially claimed the recognition of the elections in occupied Donbas during the negotiationі of Minsk Trilateral Contact Group.

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