Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko noted that the OSCE ODIHR official who was present at the meeting of the Tripartite Liaison Group (TLG) in Minsk expressed his clear view that coincides with the Ukrainian position.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk will only be held when Russia withdraws its troops.
“The representative of the OSCE ODIHR was present [at the Meeting of the TLG], he expressed his clear position that coincides with the Ukrainian position. We want the elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk be very well prepared, as well as all conditions for the Ukrainian mass media, and the activities of the Ukrainian parties, and also the activities of Ukrainian election commissions; [we want] the gunmen removed from the streets, because elections cannot be held at gunpoint, the elections should be transparent."
There were active discussions during a September 19 trilateral meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk regarding a special law on the local elections in the militant-controlled territories of Donbas.
It was reported that a "political subgroup of the Tripartite Liaison Group discussed the possibility of drafting a special law allowing to hold the local elections in the uncontrolled territories within the framework of the Ukrainian legislation.."
French President Francois Hollande stressed the importance of holding the "local elections" in Donbas in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden condemned Russia's approval of the pseudo-elections in the militant-controlled territories of Donbas.
Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostyantyn Yeliseyev said Ukraine was in an active dialogue with its foreign partners regarding the development of an action plan in case the pseudo-elections were held by militants.