Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Russia Backs Plan by Ukraine Separatists for an Early Election

OCT. 28, 2014

MOSCOW — Setting the stage for renewed tensions with the West, the Russian government said on Tuesday that it would recognize the results of coming elections in the separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, where rebel leaders have scheduled a vote in defiance of the Ukrainian government and in violation of an agreement signed last month in Minsk, Belarus.

The agreement between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists, signed on Sept. 5 in Minsk, and a follow-up document signed later last month had called for local elections to be held in accordance with Ukrainian law. The Ukrainian Parliament set Dec. 7 as the date for nationwide elections, but the separatist leaders announced plans to hold the balloting on their own schedule, in early November.

The Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, told Russian news agencies that the elections to be held in the embattled regions of Donetsk and Luhansk were “important for legitimizing the authority” of the separatist governments there.

“We expect the elections to take place as agreed,” Mr. Lavrov said. “And we of course will recognize their results.”

(More here.)


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