Kyiv to address issue of Donbas elections: Poroshenko on upcoming meeting of Normandy Four top diplomats

18:30, 10 February 2017

The Ukrainian side will defend its position on the possibility of holding the elections in Donbas only after the withdrawal of Russian forces, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday at a ceremony of handing fire trucks over to the State Service for Emergencies in Ivano-Frankivsk region, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

"In a spontaneous debate that recently erupted with our partners, we have once again emphasized clearly that the political provisions of Minsk Agreements could be implemented only after the obvious and undeniable progress security in their regard," he said.

Read alsoGerman Envoy cancels presser amid row over remark on Donbas electionsAt the same time, Poroshenko noted that "the elections at Russia’s gunpoint, with their soldiery outside polling stations, is an absolutely unacceptable and impossible move."

Read alsoGermany plans four-way meeting on Ukraine crisis - Reuters"This is what Pavlo Klimkin will next week bring to the Normandy Four foreign ministers’ meeting," said Poroshenko.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said he expected the foreign ministers of Germany and France to exert pressure on the Russian Federation at the next Normandy Four meeting, set to be held in Bonn February 17.

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