MOSCOW, August 12. /TASS/. Kiev’s statement about the need to begin preparations for the local elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics (DPR, LPR) should be regarded as an attempt of public deception, Director of the Center for Current Politics Alexey Chesnakov told TASS on Wednesday.
"Like any statement of Klimkin [Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin - TASS] and his boss [Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko - TASS], it’s the usual maneuver aimed at deceiving the pubic. Kiev finds it hard to admit that it is abandoning the Minsk agreements," he said.
According to Chesnakov, the decision on holding local elections is taken not by Klimkin but by the law in force. "If Klimkin and Poroshenko wanted the Package of Measures to be implemented, they would not be speaking about their readiness for the elections but would submit a relevant bill to the Verkhovna Rada, in accordance with which the elections would be called," Chesnakov added. "In the meantime, all these statements are just gibberish."
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin earlier said while talking to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that it was necessary to begin preparations for the local elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics.