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Russian parliament speaker: Success of Donetsk, Luhansk authorities angered Kiev, West

November 04, 2014, 4:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On Monday, the White House condemned what it called “illegitimate, so-called elections” held on Sunday in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions
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Sergey Naryshkin

Sergey Naryshkin

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MOSCOW, November 4. /TASS/. Success of the authorities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics has angered Kiev and the West, Russian parliamentary lower house Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on Tuesday.

“Successes of the Novorossia authorities have provoked anger from Kiev puppets and those manipulating them in the West,” Naryshkin posted on his Twitter account.

On Monday, the White House condemned what it called “illegitimate, so-called elections” held on Sunday in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and warned economic penalties on Russia “will rise” if Moscow continues to violate the Minsk peace agreement, reached in September.

“We are concerned by a Russian Foreign Ministry statement today that seeks to legitimize these sham 'elections’,” Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement.

The government in Kiev also speaks about illegitimacy of elections in the two unrecognized republics, with the U.S. and the EU supporting the claim. EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said the EU had no plans to recognize the outcome of the elections in east Ukraine.

The U.S., which said the elections contradicted the letter and spirit of the Ukrainian Constitution and the September 5 Minsk accords, condemned the fact they had been organized.

In contrast to the West, Russia believes that Sunday’s voting in the two self-proclaimed republics marked an encouraging step towards reconciliation in Ukraine. On the eve of the voting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in an official statement the elections complied with the Minsk accords and offered a chance to put the situation in Ukraine’s southeast to the track of a fruitful dialogue.

Newly elected leaders of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics were capable of fulfilling tasks to restore normal peaceful life in Ukraine’s southeast, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Monday.

“We respect the will expression of the residents of [Ukraine’s] southeast. The elected representatives have got the mandate for the practical efforts aimed at the restoration of normal life in these regions,” he said, adding that the elected leaders “have enough powers to develop a stable and wide-ranging dialogue with Kiev authorities.

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