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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine10.07.2015, 15:14

NSDC Secretary: the subsequent attempts of insurgents to carry out the “elections” at the occupied territory of Donbass confirm their desire to disrupt the Minsk agreement

NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov believes that the statements of Kremlin's puppets on carrying out the "elections" at the occupied territory of Donbass confirm their intentions to disrupt the peace settlement process in the region.

"I think this is a provocation of those who want to disrupt the Minsk agreement who want to disrupt the process of returning of the occupied territories under control of our country. The fact is that in Minsk agreement, elections must be carried out specifically under Ukrainian legislation", - Oleksandr Turchynov said in an exclusive interview to "Interfax-Ukraine".

Besides, according to him, local elections are to be held according to democratic and European standards. "That is, in order to carry out elections in this region, there must be no occupation forces there. Crimean scenario of voting under the muzzles of Russian rifles will not pass. Occupied administrative premises must be released, Ukrainian parties and Ukrainian media must operate without any restrictions", - NSDC Secretary said.

Also, he said, that Ukrainian authorities, which are to be restored in those regions, must be responsible for organizing and carrying out of the elections. "That's the mechanism, and only in such format the elections may be held", -Oleksandr Turchynov said.

"As to their electoral attempts, I want to remind, that they have already carried out the "elections" which were recognized by no one and led to nothing. The statement on carrying out the fake elections means that they refuse to comply with the Minsk agreement. And this latest farce will only delay the process of situation normalization and reintegration of these regions into Ukraine. This is just another attempt of the Russian puppets under Kremlin orders to actually disrupt a peaceful way to restore the Ukrainian authority at Donbass", - NSDC Secretary concluded.