IAAF approves application of three Russians to compete as neutral athletesSport February 24, 1:43
US lawmakers present no evidence of Russia’s interference in US election - Russian MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:42
Russia to continue strengthen its Armed Forces - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:37
4,000 Russian nationals fight among militants in Syria - PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 21:31
Opposition’s demand of Assad’s immediate resignation absurd - Russian envoy to GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 16:34
Moscow celebrates Defender of the Fatherland DaySociety & Culture February 23, 16:19
ISS astronauts capture Dragon with manipulatorScience & Space February 23, 14:36
Vitaly Churkin’s body delivered to RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 23, 12:30
Ukrainian military shell Donetsk water purification plantWorld February 23, 11:45
MOSCOW, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Views of people living in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, expressed at last Sunday’s referendums should be taken into account in all negotiations that may follow, says Igor Borisov, a member of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights and the head of the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law.
“We have not had any evidence yet that might discredit the outcomes of the voting,” he added.
“The population’s will is the main message. The people do not want to live under the domination of neo-Nazis. They do not want to be treated as second-rate citizens. This is an anti-fascist uprising,” said Sergey Makarov, a member of the Russian Civic Chamber and the head of the chamber’s Inter-commission Working Group on International Cooperation and Public Diplomacy.
“As many as 95% of participants in the referendum spoke in favor of independence from Kiev, at least from the current Kiev authorities, demonstrating a whopping 70-75% voter turnout in defiance of Kiev's attempts to prevent voters from participating in the plebiscite,” Makarov said.
“Ukraine’s unity is still possible. It will be possible in the event that a coalition government with the participation of representatives from Ukraine’s east takes over in Kiev,” he said, adding that people’s demands should be satisfied, including those for Russian's official status as a state language and people’s right to elect governors.