Hollande and Merkel warned Putin that separate elections in eastern Ukraine are inadmissible


Angela Merkel and Fransois Hollande have stressed that 'separate elections' in the territories occupied by the separatists would create a threat to the Minsk process and are inadmissible.

This was announced by Steffen Seibert, Merkel's chief spokesman, in an e-mailed statement, Censor.NET reports.

"Hollande and Merkel underscored the fact that elections in separatist areas that are contrary to current agreements would endanger the Minsk process," Steffen Seibert, Merkel's chief spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

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He emphasized that this election must be held in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and internationally accepted OSCE standards, involving monitors from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Seibert stressed that the relevant negotiations should immediately take place in the framework of tripartite contacts and involve ODIHR.

The leaders agreed that the Minsk agreements are the basis for normalization of the situation in Ukraine and expressed their support for the resumption of intensive efforts of the tripartite contact group to cease fire.

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The main role in the monitoring of the cease-fire (withdrawal of heavy weapons and weapons of the caliber less than 100mm) is still assigned to the OSCE. The main goal in the context is to provide security of the mission's observers, the leaders said.

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