According to Lavrov, the leaders of the DPR and LPR militants are ready to hold local elections according to the Ukrainian legislation and allow the OSCE observers monitor them, Joinfo.ua reports.
“Donetsk and Luhansk are ready to hold elections on the basis of the Ukrainian law, they are ready for the OSCE observers receiving the right to monitor the process, but they want to negotiate everything in a consultation with the Ukrainian authorities,” he said.
At the same time, the Minister notes that there are a number of organizational issues that can be solved only in agreement with the rebel leaders. In particular, he said, they are opposed to Right Sector and other radicals participating in the elections on their territory.
Speaking about the presence of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria, Lavrov said that the soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces still are present in this country, but their presence is associated with the supply of arms to the Syrian army. “There ar eRussian troops in Syria, they have been there for many years. Their presence is associated with the supply of weapons to the Syrian army, which bears the burden of confrontation against terrorism in the face of the ISIS and other extremist groups, and Russian troops are deployed there to help the Syrians to learn this military equipment and prepare it for the use in the fight against terrorism,” said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Lavrov also said that the Russian aircraft sent to Syria deliver “both military equipment in accordance with the existing contracts, and humanitarian assistance.”