The idea of a referendum in the Donbass does not imply that “Crimean scenario”
According to the source, we are talking only about the autonomy of Donbas within Ukraine.
Moscow. July 20. INTERFAX.RU — Initiative on the referendum in the Donbass are not groundless, but the “Crimean scenario”, it is not intended, reported “Interfax” the Russian informed source.
“The proposal to hold a referendum about the autonomy of Donbas within Ukraine is groundless. Such arrangements are discussed at the level of ideas so that in the future, perhaps to implement them with the assistance of all participants (Minsk) process. These mechanisms are legitimate, do not contain violations of international law,” said a source familiar with the situation.
According to him, the main thing that this initiative was not correctly interpreted. “”The Crimean scenario,” she suggests. You need to put the emphasis,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
He noted that “it’s about the fact that residents of the Donbas legal way could in the legal field to speak on the provision of certain Autonomous regions within Ukraine to Kyiv granted the region corresponding political rights.”
In the breakaway republics of Eastern Ukraine is not yet aware of this initiative and declare commitment to Minsk agreements.
“The question of the referendum has not yet been discussed and was not submitted to the agenda of any one meeting,” — said “Interfax” a source in the Council of Ministers of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s Republic.
Previously the Agency Bloomberg with reference to sources reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Helsinki on 16 July suggested that the U.S. President Donald Trump to hold a referendum in the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics. According to sources, on his proposal, the Russian leader said at a meeting with Russia’s ambassadors on July 19. According to interlocutors of Agency, the President of the Russian Federation stated that it was decided not to announce the initiative about the referendum publicly, “the President of the United States could think about it.”