Turkey won't recognize rebel elections in east Ukraine

Turkish Foreign Ministry calls on Kiev and rebels to act according to the Minsk agreement of September 5.

Turkey won't recognize rebel elections in east Ukraine

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey on Wednesday denounced the November 2 rebel elections in eastern Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Turkey will not recognize the elections results, the statement said.

The elections took place in territory in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions held by pro-Russian separatists, who have been in open rebellion against the government in Kiev. 

The rebels elected independent regional leaderships, in defiance of the Kiev government.

"The elections are outside the Minsk agreement and therefore are not valid for Turkey," said the statement.

The ministry also called for the warring parties to act in accordance with the Minsk cease-fire agreement, agreed by both sides on Sept. 5 in Minsk, Belarus, in the presence of Russian and European authorities, the central Ukrainian government and the representatives of the Donbass region.

The Minsk agreement was signed after extensive talks between Russia, Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The agreement implemented an immediate cease-fire that failed to stop fighting in the eastern regions of the country.

Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2014, 13:51
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