EU reiterates it will not recognize results of Donbass elections

The European Union's stance concerning the November 2 elections in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics remains unchanged and the EU will not recognize their results, EU Delegation to Russia spokesman Soren Liborius told Interfax on Sunday evening.

 The European Union's stance concerning the November 2 elections in the self-proclaimed Lugansk (LNR) and Donetsk (DNR) People's Republics remains unchanged and the EU will not recognize their results, EU Delegation to Russia spokesman Soren Liborius told Interfax on Sunday evening.

Liborius said that the European External Action Service had already issued a statement of EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini regarding this matter.

"I consider today's 'presidential and parliamentary elections' in Donetsk and Lugansk 'People's Republics' a new obstacle on the path towards peace in Ukraine. The vote is illegal and illegitimate, and the European Union will not recognize it," Mogherini said in her statement.

"These 'elections' were held contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Minsk Protocol, signed by the representatives of the trilateral Contact Group, and obstruct efforts to find a sustainable political solution to the crisis," she said.

"Early local elections in accordance with Ukrainian law, as foreseen in the Minsk Protocol, are the legal and legitimate means of renewing the democratic mandate of the local authorities in these parts of Ukraine," she said.

The statement also calls on Russia to use its influence to help pave the way for local elections in accordance with Ukrainian laws. It would be a very valuable contribution to the implementation of the Minsk Protocol, it said.

The November 2 elections of the heads and parliaments in the DNR and the LNR drew a high voter turnout.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow would recognize the elections in the DNR and the LNR.

"We see it as a top priority of the Minsk agreements. We expect the elections to take place as planned, and we will certainly recognize their results," he said.

"This expression of people's will should be free, and no one should try to disrupt it," the Russian minister said.

These elections will help legitimatize the authorities of the DNR and the LNR, he said.

Read more: Over half a million vote in DNR election - official

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