Elections in the Donbas as a new pretext for anti-Russian sanctions

The European Union and the United States are considering imposing new sanctions against Russia. It will happen in the event that the authorities of self-proclaimed republics of folk Donetsk and Lugansk refuse to hold local elections on October 25 - the day when they have to go through the rest of the territory of Ukraine. While elections in the NPT planned for October 18, and LC - 1 November. In the West we believe that Russia has unlimited influence on the leadership of the republics in the Donbass, and consider the refusal to hold elections on the same day Ukraine as “demonstrative” violation of the Minsk Agreement.

The two sides “b” in Western diplomatic circles are categorical: if the DNI and the LC does not make concessions on the timing of the local elections, the West accuse them of disrupting the Minsk accords and the guilty will be assigned to Moscow. “Separatists claim that the Ukrainian authorities did not discuss with them the conditions of the local elections, but it is not. This question has been raised repeatedly at meetings of the contact group, which includes representatives of Kiev”, - said one of the sources of “b”. According to the Western diplomat, “Donetsk and Luhansk showed no willingness to compromise, called the election of the dates are different from the rest of Ukraine, and does not demonstrate a willingness to organize them in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation.”

“If representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk will continue to insist on elections to the Donbas will be separate from the all-Ukrainian, will not match the Ukrainian laws and will not be monitored by international observers, this is serious - and still defiant - a blow to the Minsk agreements. In fact, it would be final “nail in the coffin” of the peace agreements - continues diplomat.- No other Western Europe and the United States does not believe that Russia can not influence the separatists, so they turned to this dangerous path. ”

The third source of “Y” in the western dipkrugah assured that the sanctions “are not an end in itself US and the EU.” “But if the Minsk agreements will be buried as a rough way, we will have no choice,” - he said, refusing to specify what the new sanctions may be imposed against Russia.

According to sources, “b”, the question of the terms and conditions of the local elections in the Donetsk and Lugansk will be discussed at the meeting of foreign ministers, “Norman Quartet” (Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany) in Minsk this week. This should be one of the key and the negotiations between the leaders of the “Quartet”, which could be held in late September in New York - at the UN General Assembly session.

Poroshenko has repeatedly called for the Donetsk and Lugansk refuse to hold local elections on October 18 and on November 1 and begin to discuss the conditions of their organization in accordance with Ukrainian legislation. The authorities of the self-proclaimed republics insisted that the first Ming agreement violated they do not, and Kiev, which adopted unilaterally law “On Local Elections”, without coordinating it with its LC and DNR.

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