Russia will recognize the results of the upcoming elections in the People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk that are to be held in accordance with the Minsk agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"We believe that this is one of the most important directions of the Minsk agreements. We expect that the elections will be conducted as we agreed, and we will, of course, recognize the results," said Sergey Lavrov in an interview with LifeNews and the Izvestia newspaper.
The elections are scheduled for November 2. Residents of the two breakaway republics of Ukraine will go to the polls to elect MPs and regional leaders.
According to Lavrov, the elections will be important for the legitimization of power in the two republics. "We hope that the will expression will be free, and no one will try to undermine it from the outside," he said.
For the time being, the Ukrainian troops put obstacles for the coming elections. The military violate the regime of silence, continue to shell residential areas and infrastructure of the two republics. Yesterday, one person was killed and more than a dozen were wounded, according to Russia 24 TV Channel. Several houses were destroyed or damaged. To crown it all, the Ukrainian military continue regrouping their forces, while receiving reinforcements.
Speaking of the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine that took place on October 26, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that although there were violations made, Moscow recognized the results of the voting. According to him, it is important for Russia that Ukraine has the power that deals with real problems of the state, rather than internal struggle. Moscow hopes that sensible, pragmatic and aggressive approach will prevail in Kiev.
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