“Minsk agreements provide for elections and then control over the border” - Zelensky in interview with European media
According to the Minsk agreements, first elections will be held in the ORDLO, and then a section of the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Donbass will be transferred under control to Kyiv.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about the issue in an interview with Western media.
The head of the Ukrainian state noted that he did not agree with how this matter was resolved in Minsk, saying that “the position of the Ukrainians is first the border, then the elections.”
Zelensky also told reporters of Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Time and Gazeta Wyborcza that elections in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions can only be held under Ukrainian legislation and after de-occupation.
“Elections are held under Ukrainian law. And Ukrainian law excludes the presence of militants. All Ukrainian parties should have access, observers, journalists, the OSCE, the Central Election Commission. If there are armed groups, not a single party will go there,” Zelensky emphasized.
When asked what he would do if nothing comes of the negotiations of the Normandy Four scheduled in Paris on December 9, the President of Ukraine replied: “In any case, I will not start the war in the Donbass.”
According to him, “there are a lot of hotheads calling to “take away” the Donbass, without thinking of the price. The president believes that such politicians are not supported by Western countries.
On November 20, Zelensky said that such issues like the exchange of prisoners, the ceasefire, border control and the election in the ORDLO would be discussed in Paris.
Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristayko said that a short communiqué of the summit in Normandy format had already been drafted.