Discussions held in Minsk about possible elections in Donbas under special law - media
During the meetings of the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk with Ukraine's participation, active discussions have been held related to drafting a special law for holding elections in the uncontrolled territories in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to Zerkalo Nedeli weekly newspaper.
As noted in the article, this became known after a meeting of foreign ministers of the 'Normandy Four' countries, which was held in Berlin on September 12.
After the meeting, the German Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it noted that "the modalities and the timetable for the local elections will be worked out in the Trilateral Contact Group's working group on political affairs. It will focus on the proposals put forward by Pierre Morel, the coordinator of this working group, and the Minsk Protocol."
It is noted that a political subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group discussed the possibility of drafting a special law allowing to hold the local elections in the uncontrolled territories within the framework of the Ukrainian legislation.
Such a possibility is provided for by a decision of the foreign ministers of the 'Normandy Four' states, that is Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine, and will be discussed by the parties also in the run-up to the Paris meeting in the Normandy Format, according to the publication.
This information has also been confirmed by the persons close to the Minks process.
As UNIAN reported earlier, French President Francois Hollande stressed the importance of holding the "local elections" in Donbas in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden condemned Russia's approval of the pseudo-elections in the militant-controlled territories of Donbas.
Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostyantyn Yeliseyev said Ukraine was in an active dialogue with its foreign partners regarding the development of a whole range of actions and measures in case the pseudo-elections were held by militants.