12:17 09.02.2017

German FM says local elections in Donbas possible only with consent of both sides

The holding of local elections in Donbas is possible only in accordance with the rules of the Minsk agreements and only after both parties agree on the relevant terms of these elections, the speaker of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Germany Martin Schaefer said, DW reports.

"These local elections, in accordance with the rules of the Minsk agreements, are to be held only then when both parties agree on the appropriate modality (elections not controlled by the government of the territories of Donbas)," Schaefer said during a press conference in Berlin, commenting on the words of the German Ambassador in Ukraine, Ernst Reichel on Wednesday.

The representative of the German Foreign Ministry also stressed that no one, including the German Ambassador in Kyiv," has no doubt about who is ultimately responsible for starting this conflict." "Nobody in the German government has any doubts about logistical, financial and military support for the separatists of Donbas from Russia," Schaefer said.

At the same time, he added: "I'm not going to say at the government level whether there are regular Russian troops on the sovereign territory of Ukraine controlled by the separatists."

The representative of the German Foreign Ministry confirmed that the German government, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel devote all their efforts to resolving the conflict and promote the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

He also called possible to conduct the next meeting in the Normandy format to achieve a political solution to the conflict in Donbas. The message about a possible meeting appeared before this day. However, he added that it is too early to speak about details. "Our efforts for the sake of realization of the Minsk agreements are aimed to restore the sovereignty of Ukraine throughout its territory," Schaefer said.

Speaker of the German Foreign Minister also commented on the incident, when on February 8, an MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction Oleksiy Honcharenko in a protest against the statement of Germany's ambassador to Ukraine wrote the word 'Nein!' [No] in red paint on the Berlin Wall fragment on the territory of the German Embassy.

We are very sorry that one deputy of Ukraine today in the territory of the German Embassy outlined the historical fragment of the Berlin Wall. We are firmly convinced that, even if it was a reaction to the statement of the German ambassador, in any case, it is inappropriate behavior, the representative of the German Foreign Ministry said.

Earlier in a media interview, Ambassador of Germany to Ukraine Ernst Reichel said that the elections in Donbas could pass in the presence of Russian troops.

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