The upcoming elections of the heads and members of People’s Councils of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) do not contradict the Minsk accords, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
"They do not run counter, at least to the Minsk accords; nothing is said about it there," Peskov said.
"It is not right of Ukraine to say that the elections in the DPR and LPR run counter to the Minsk accords," Peskov said. "I don’t think it should because the deplorable situation with the implementation of the Minsk package has been triggered by Kiev’s unwillingness to implement the Minsk agreements that cannot be interpreted in any way as they are committed to paper unequivocally and are signed by President [of Ukraine Pyotr] Poroshenko among others," TASS reports.
"The situation has been seriously aggravated by the tragic developments, numerous terror attacks in Donbass against those who now stand at the head of the republic," he added.
Commenting on a journalist’s comment that the specified agreements concern the organization of such elections under Ukrainian law, the spokesman noted that "if you read the items of the Minsk accords which precede it you’ll see that the Ukrainian side had to do much, but didn’t do it."
Moscow’s influence on the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) is not boundless and it is important who will be at the head of these republics, Peskov said.
"Moscow does have influence on the leaders of these republics but this influence is not boundless," he said, adding that "it is extremely important" who will be at the heads of these republics.
Peskov refused to answer questions about Russia’s recognition of the results of the upcoming elections. He said it’s better to wait for these results at first.
Elections of the DPR and LPR heads and members of the People’s Councils will be held on November 11, 2018. Kiev and some Western countries refused to recognize the republics’ right to hold them. As many as 408 voting stations will operate on the DPR territory on Sunday. Five candidates will fight for the leadership in the republic - Denis Pushilin, Yelena Shishkina, Roman Khramenkov, Vladimir Medvedev and Roman Yevstifeyev. Two social movements - the Donetsk Republic and Free Donbass - will compete at the election to the People’s Council.