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 Klimkin: We are very far from being able to move forward on organization of elections in Donbas

The issue of holding elections in the occupied territories of the Donbas is still far from being resolved today.

As reported by correspondent for Censor.NET, this was stated by Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin during an hour of questions to the government in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as People's Front faction MP Andrii Teteruk asked him whether he was willing to travel to the Donbas as an observer or canvasser in the elections.

"Today, we are very far from being able to move forward on the issue of organizing the elections, because it is imperative that all security conditions are met," Klimkin said.

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He stressed that the fulfillment of these conditions would be assessed both by Ukraine and the OSCE, in particular, the representatives of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

"As for the Minsk agreements, this is the issue that stipulates that Russia withdraws its regular forces, its mercenaries, weapons from the Donbas. And the international community, including but not limited to the OSCE, should not just monitor the situation after getting access (to the occupied territories - Ed.) but be able to monitor the safety later to return the Donbas to normal life. Only then we can talk about the organization of normal elections," Klimkin summed up.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n411582