The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has forwarded a note of protest to the Russian Foreign Ministry, says Yevhen Perebyinis, a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman.
"The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry forwarded a note to the Russian foreign political agency, in which it expressed its protest against Russia's continued acts of aggression against Ukraine, the provision of support to the LPR and DPR [the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic], the continuation of activities aimed at further escalating the situation in Ukraine, and the concentration of a Russian armed force group near the Ukrainian state border," Perebyinis said at a news briefing on Tuesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that Moscow intended to recognize the results of the November 2 elections in the DPR and LPR.
"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," Lavrov said on October 28 in taking questions from journalists regarding the upcoming elections in the self-proclaimed republics.
"We expect that this expression of the people's will should be free, and no one should try to disrupt it," he said.
"The elections that will be held on the territory of the proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics will be important from the point of view of legitimizing their authorities," Lavrov said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on November 2 that the elections in the DPR and LPR would be lawful and would comply with the Minsk agreements. "The militias' position on the organization of elections precisely on November 2 is lawful and fully complies with the timeframe agreed upon within the framework of the Minsk agreements," the ministry said in a statement.
Moscow pointed out that the Minsk agreements reached between representatives of the Ukrainian president and the militias in the presence of representatives of Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe [OSCE] on September 5 stipulated that these elections should be held between October 19 and November 3.
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