Lukashevich: elections in the Donbass remains a distant prospect


RIA Novosti

The elections in the Donbass remains a distant prospect, not yet terminated the armed confrontation. This was stated in an interview with TASS Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich.

“Of course, in the current military conflict is very difficult to imagine the near future of holding any election, he said. – The OSCE is in not doing this, given that there is no fundamental agreement on these issues in the higher formats.”

“We have to assume that the main task now is to end the armed confrontation, to return the sides to the rails implementation of the Minsk agreements and subsequent decisions of the contact group on the diversion of arms, the dilution of forces and means and so forth,” – said the diplomat.

However, according to Lukashevich, parallel to grow and the processes associated with the solution of the whole complex of political issues. “This election, and the status of the region, and Amnesty – all consistently spelled out in the Minsk agreements and that there is a fundamental agreement achieved in the framework of the Normandy format,” he explained.

“And that Ukrainian representatives read this and understand in their own way is a very alarming signal that Kiev will continue to sabotage the implementation of its obligations, – said Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE. – All clearly spelled out in the Minsk documents. And the main task – to force the Ukrainian side to resolve it in accordance with those provisions, which clearly indicate the sequence of actions, including related to the elections in the Donbass”.

According to the Minsk agreement, elections were to be held in 2015, along with carrying out in Ukraine of the constitutional reform with the aim of providing individual regions of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts special status on an ongoing basis. However, because of the unwillingness of Kiev to fulfill its obligations, in particular for an Amnesty for all participants of the events in the Donbass, to adopt legislation on the special status and to develop the electoral law, the deadline was repeatedly postponed.