Presidential advisor: Despite claims, Moscow may not recognize Donbas ‘elections’
The pseudo-elections planned to be held by insurgents in the Donbas will be never recognized by any country in the world, including Russia, Presidential Advisor Oleh Medvedev has said live on Ukrainian television’s Channel 5, Gazeta.ua reports.
The legitimacy of such elections will not be recognized by anyone, as was the case with the so-called "referendum" on the status of Donetsk region held on May 11, 2014, Medvedev told the television channel.
He said the elections in the insurgent-controlled areas scheduled for November 2 would only complicate the situation in the eastern Ukraine, contributing nothing whatsoever to the legalization or recognition of the self-proclaimed "Republics.”
"I do not even dare to suggest that Moscow will be in a position to recognize the elections, despite its claims that it will do so," Medvedev said.
He said he believed Russia’s statements regarding Moscow’s recognition of the elections in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic are more likely to be bluff than reflect the Kremlin’s real intentions.
"After all, the idea of these elections is all but absurd, as is their legitimacy according to Ukrainian law and European standars," Medvedev said.
As earlier reported, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia was ready to recognize the election results in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.