The Russian Federation Foreign Ministry said in a statement upon completion of the "elections" held by the DPR and LPR terrorist organizations on the territory of the Donbas, Censor.NET reports citing the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.
"We respect the declaration of will by the residents of the South-East. The elected representatives were mandated to solve actual problems to restore normal life in the region," the Foreign Ministry statement says.
"Taking into consideration valid elections, it is extremely important to take active steps to promote sustained dialogue between the Ukrainian central authorities and the Donbas representatives in line with the agreements reached in Minsk. We are ready to continue contributing in a constructive way to the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine together with our international partners," the agency notes.