13.10.16 15:35

Steinmeier acknowledged Donbas elections are not possible at the moment, - MP Ariev

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has acknowledged that elections in the Donbas are not possible yet.

This was announced by head of Ukraine's PACE delegation Volodymyr Ariev on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"I have asked Steinmeier several questions. He acknowledged that elections in the Donbas could not be held at the moment and that it is not yet possible to reach an agreement on the special status of separate areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He believes there is no alternative to 'Minsk' [agreements - ed.] and that we have a lot of work waiting ahead. He failed to respond to my question about strengthening of sanctions against Russia," Ariev wrote.

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Steinmeier also commented on Russia's return to PACE sessions hall by saying that conditions should be created for the Russian delegation in PACE, but Russia as well should meet the requirements of the Council of Europe.

"He said that the MPs who were connected to the Crimea annexation should not be in the Assembly," Ariev wrote quoting Steinmeier.

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