Ukraine crisis: Moscow to recognise elections in self-proclaimed Luhansk, Donetsk republics

Russia has no reasons not to recognise the elections in Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday.

“Holding the elections is a decision made by the leadership of these republics. These elections will take place, ” Peskov told Rusnovosti.

Russia will recognise the elections in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk Republics if they are held properly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper

 “We think this is one of the most important aspects of the Minsk agreements. We expect the ecletions to be hels as it was agreed. And we are sure to recognize their results. We hope the expression of people’s will be free and no one from outside will try to undermine it,” he stressed.

Being asked about the status of the so-called DPR and LNR, Mr Lavrov said that Moscow is considering them as ‘the territories whose population flatly refused to accept the armed coup and its consequences and denied the ideology of Banderovites.’

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