EU considers 'elections' in uncontrolled areas of Donbas illegal, not to recognize them - Mogherini
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini has said that the European Union will not recognize the "elections" planned for November 11, 2018 in the non-government controlled territories of the so-called "Luhansk People’s Republic" and "Donetsk People’s Republic" and considers them as illegal.
"The European Union reiterates its full support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders," Mogherini said in a statement issued on Saturday in Brussels.
"The European Union recalls that the implementation of the Minsk agreements by all sides remains key to reaching a sustainable political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and underlines the responsibility of the Russian Federation in this regard. The EU welcomes Ukraine’s decision to prolong the Law on Special Status for parts of eastern Ukraine until the end of 2019," she said.
According to the document, the EU condemns these ''elections'', as they are in breach of international law, undermine the commitments taken under the Minsk agreements and violate Ukraine's sovereignty and law.
Mogherini said that the Minsk agreements exclusively provide for local elections to be held within the framework of the Ukrainian legislation and under the OSCE standards and observation. These reasons render these so-called "elections" null and void.
"We expect the Russian Federation to make full use of its considerable influence over the separatists it backs. The provisions of the Minsk agreements should be implemented fully and without further delay, starting with a comprehensive ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons, so as to create the necessary conditions for the political transition through local elections they foresee," she said.
Mogherini said that the EU supports the efforts of France and Germany in the Normandy format, as well as the Trilateral Contact Group and the OSCE for facilitating the implementation of the Minsk agreements.