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 Poroshenko: Dialogue with Donbas is not conversation with foreign country. Elections will be held according to Ukrainian laws and after withdrawal of Russian troops

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said he would be ready for dialogue with representatives of the temporarily occupied areas of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions if they were elected according to the Ukrainian legislation.

Poroshenko said in an interview with the German magazine Stern, Censor.NET reports citing Deutsche Welle.

Ukraine's president is ready to be engaged in the dialogue with the elected representatives if October elections in the terrorists-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are held in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation.

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Poroshenko is convinced that if the separatists hold separate local elections as they have planned, it will only worsen the situation.

"I dislike the idea to discuss the future of my country not with compatriots but with representatives of a foreign country," Poroshenko said. According to him, the occupied territories are currently run by Russian puppets.

Poroshenko stressed that Russia must withdraw its weapons in order to achieve lasting peace. President of Ukraine reminded that it was necessary to close the border between Ukraine and Russia in order to prevent further arms supplies from the Russian Federation. "As soon as weapons, ammunition, and soldiers stop being brought to the country, there will immediately be peace," Poroshenko said.

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