April 23, 2014 21:59
Ukrainian elections destructive in absence of common ground between East, West - Lavrov
MOSCOW. April 23 (Interfax) - Moscow will not recognize the May 25 election in Ukraine, unless it is held on the basis of a nationwide, inclusive dialogue, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"We will recognize something that would be based on the all-inclusive process," he said in an interview with the Russia Today television channel, when asked whether Russia will consider the May 25 elections in Ukraine to be legitimate.
"To call an election without finding some common ground with the east and the south of Ukraine I think is very destructive for the country," the minister said.
At the same time, initially it was expected that the country will not hold the presidential election before conducting its constitutional reform, and this understanding was reflected in the February 21 agreement between Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition, the minister recalled.
Lavrov drew parallels with the situation around the Syrian settlement process. The United States and its Western allies insist that the Syrians hold presidential election after conducting constitutional reform, and this is stipulated in the Geneva communique on Syria, the minister said.
The same is written in the Ukraine agreement signed on February 21, Lavrov said.
Meanwhile, Western countries will consider the May 25 elections in Ukraine legitimate without the prior constitutional reform, he said.
The same people who are saying that the presidential election in Syria will not be legitimate without a constitutional reform will recognize the legitimacy of the May 25 elections, Lavrov said.
The U.S. is trying to make Russia responsible for settling international crises, and not just the Ukrainian one, he said.
"The Iranian issue depends on Russia alone, Syria depends on Russia alone… Now Ukraine depends entirely on Russia. I would say it is an absolutely unrealistic approach and an attempt to hide your own responsibility," said the Russian foreign minister.
(Our editorial staff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 26, 2016
French ambassador informed Russia about initiative to hold UN Security Council ministerial meeting in New York on June 10
Russia preparing to supply beef, poultry to South Korea
Russia and CIS political and economic calendar: May 27 - June 27
AVERAGE ANNUAL EXPORT PRICE OF RUSSIAN GAS IN 2016 TO BE IN RANGE $161-$171 PER 1,000 CU M - GAZPROM DEPUTY CEO MEDVEDEV
GAZPROM'S FORECAST OF EXPORTS IN 2016 AMOUNTS TO 165 BCM - GAZPROM DEPUTY CEO MEDVEDEV
MICEX and RTS Indexes at 17:00 MSK
Putin orders Medvedev to support creation of ICT import-substitution center
Re-launch of TurkStream more likely than South Stream - source (Part 2)
Neither Contact Group, nor Normandy format countries have agreement on deploying OSCE police mission in Donbas - Russian Foreign Ministry (Part 2)
Russian Foreign Ministry welcomes resumption of Georgia-Abkhazia talks in IPRM framework
Medvedev signs order on expansion of borders of sea port for Gazprom's LNG near Kaliningrad
FRENCH AMBASSADOR INFORMED RUSSIA ABOUT INITIATIVE TO HOLD MINISTERIAL MEETING OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL IN NEW YORK ON JUNE 10 - RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY
Police search for World Congress of Crimean Tatars activist who went missing in Crimea