Russian FM warns Ukraine election will be ‘destructive’ without southeastern regions’ support


Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned the Ukrainian regime that the upcoming presidential vote on May 25 will be destructive for the country unless Kiev respects the interests of the southeastern territories, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RT TV channel Wednesday.

“To call elections without finding some common ground with the East and the South of Ukraine, I think, is very destructive for the country,” Lavrov told RT speaking English.

The Russian foreign policy chief urged Kiev authorities to deliver on its promises of a constitutional reform and an official status for the Russian language.

Kiev must make sure that “all Ukrainian regions are comfortable, that they are being heard and that they are being engaged in this process on an equal ground,”the Minister said.

“We want to make sure that regions are satisfied, that they are masters of their own destiny within the state which respects their rights as far as language, culture, history, traditions, heroes and many other things are concerned,” Lavrov told RT TV channel.

“They [Ukrainian regions] want to elect their own leaders. They want to keep more taxes for themselves, for the development of their own areas and not to give everything to Kiev and then expect some handouts,” Lavrov added.


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