The self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have initiated talks Tuesday to their unification into a single entity, as announced by the spokesman of the People’s Republic of Donetsk told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Both regions of eastern Ukraine were in favor of self-determination referendums on Sunday and Monday the perpetrators thereof called for the annexation of these territories to the Russian Republic.
“The initiative to unify the republics was raised yesterday (Monday). Was going to talks about it preliminarily. Shall be for the leaders decide,” said the spokesman.
The pro-Russian leaders have also announced that the presidential elections of May 25 will not be held in these regions. The controversy continues despite those elections last week Russian President Vladimir Putin support its conclusion in a twist that now seems that the Kremlin again questioning refine your convenience. Now the Russian Foreign Ministry believes that Ukraine should decide their state model before the presidential elections.
Russia hopes that the United States and the European Union exert their influence on Kiev to discuss the matter and accept the rights of the regions “soon, and in any event before the election,” as reported by local agencies.
The Foreign Ministry recalled that this requirement is in line with the Geneva Accords of April 17 and the roadmap presented by the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Didier Burkhalter. In turn, stresses that separatist referendums on Sunday in both regions encouraged insurgents” should be interpreted as a clear signal to Kiev on the deep crisis of the Ukrainian state.”
In contrast, the German Foreign Minister, Frank -Walter Steinmeier, said Tuesday in Kiev that these elections play “a crucial role” in resolving the crisis in the country. “And it is extremely important that these elections involve as many people as possible,” Steinmeier said at a news conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk.
Yatseniuk reiterated that Ukraine’s position on the format of the negotiations to resolve the conflict does not include the pro-Russian leaders of the insurgent regions. “We believe that international negotiations format should consist of four parts, which are the United States, Ukraine, the European Union and the Russian Federation,” said the head of the Ukrainian government.