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Primaries simply cannot contradict the Minsk agreements – Denis Pushilin

The Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin told “Urgent commentaries” about what in the DPR expect from the Primaries and about the preparations for straw ballot.

Primaries is a kind of training: for us this is an opportunity to test our organisational skills both in terms of security and in terms of other issues relating to actual elections, which will take place in case if the law will be agreed within the subgroup on political issues and voted for in the Verkhovna Rada Ukraine.

The main task is to identify those candidates who can represent the interests of the Republic and the DPR residents at the possible upcoming elections, if the electoral law is agreed. These are the main areas that are equally important.

We intend to use the extra time that is available, for the benefit of the Republic. In a sense, preliminary voting for us is a question of paramount importance.

If people, who are puppets of the Kiev regime, or oligarchy, will come to power, it will destroy the Republic. We are under no illusions on this matter, so this issue is very important for us – that the people, who understand what it’s like to live under the bombardments, who are aware what price Donbass paid for its independence, will be elected.

In general, the preparation for the Primaries is going according to plan, there are no failures. The process is complex, interesting and vital.

We have no doubt that Kiev will try by all means to discredit the Primaries in the Republics of Donbass. The thing is that Kiev during the last two meetings has been trying to agitate this matter in the framework of the Minsk negotiation process on the grounds that it contradicts the Minsk agreements, providing no arguments. We, in turn, say that Primaries simply cannot contradict the Minsk agreements. Straw ballot allows involving citizens of the Republic in the political life, what is more, every citizen has the right to elect and to be elected. We do not violate anything, we really are moving and maybe, at some extent, are even helping the Minsk process.

Of course, we would like the international organisations to respond positively to the Primaries.

We hope that the OSCE representatives will be present. Of course, it’s a high bar, but we are now ready to see how the Republic is ready for the elections. And now the international observers from the European countries, including the European Parliament, are present at all stages. For us it is important to hear their assessment that they have formed an opinion, an impression about what is actually happening in the country, how the political life works and how we carry out these Primaries in the framework of international norms.

Denis Pushilin, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, permanent plenipotentiary representative of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk

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