Moscow respects the choice made by people of southeastern Ukraine in the November 2 elections and is prepared to further support efforts aimed at settling the Ukrainian crisis.
"The elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions were well-organized in general and drew a high voter turnout. We respect the choice made by residents of the southeast," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following the presidential and parliamentary polls in the Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR) People's Republics.
"The elected representatives have received a mandate to tackle practical tasks in order to bring life in the republics back to normal," the ministry said.
"In the context of these elections, it is imperative to take active steps to establish a sustainable dialogue between the central Ukrainian authorities and representatives of Donbas in line with the Minsk agreements. We are ready to work together with our international partners and continue to make a constructive contribution to the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine," it said.