The United States and the European Union intend to impose new sanctions against Russia if the leaders of the DPR and LPR hold their own local elections as it was stated in the course of the Minsk talks, Kommersant writes referring to its own sources in Western diplomatic circles, Joinfo.ua reports.
Elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 25, in the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk republics the elections are scheduled for October 18 and November 1, respectively.
The interlocutors of the publication note that if militants refuse to hold elections together with other Ukrainian regions, they will be accused of violating the Minsk agreements and the Kremlin will be responsible for it.
“If representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk continue to stick to their guns and the elections in the Donbas are held separately from the all-Ukrainian elections, do not conform to the Ukrainian laws and not monitored by international observers, it will have the most serious anddefiant impact on the Minsk agreements,” said one of the the sources of the publication.
A source of the Russian journalists notes that the leadership of Donetsk and Luhansk does not seek a compromise on the issue of elections.
The militants intend to hold local elections on October 18, 2015, calling it the fulfillment of the Protocol of the Minsk Agreement of September 5, 2014 and the Complex of measures of February 12, 2015. However, these elections are not planned to be held in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, as agreed under the Minsk Agreement. The leaders of militants refer to certain “Constitution of the DPR”, its “laws” and the provisions of the Law of Ukraine on the special status of the Donbas, which should come into force after the return of the control over the border with Russia in the Donbas to the official authorities, but this, as it is known, has not yet happened.