On Wednesday, April 15, Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, announced that negotiations between Kyiv, Donetsk and Luhansk would be possible only after holding local elections under Ukrainian law on the separatist-controlled territories. According to the minister, the election of bodies of local government in the Donbas "must be free and fair." Klimkin added that "access to electoral commissions", "lack of intimidation", "lack of illegal armed formations", and "access to the media" were the main criteria for the elections, the DW news agency reports.
The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the experts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), "who just have to be aware how the organization of the electoral process is being held" must be present in the Donbas during the election campaign. According to Klimkin, "the elections will be recognized by the world community" only under such circumstances, the agency writes.
The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denied the opportunity of warlords separatists' participation in the election campaign, since even the Russian side considered them as "ordinary criminals".
Earlier, we reported that speaking of the meeting in the Normandy format, Steinmeier acknowledged that it was difficult to speak "language of diplomacy" with Lavrov.