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German government welcomes decision on Donbas election postponement

October 07, 2015, 15:59 UTC+3 BERLIN

According to German government’s deputy spokesperson, the decision corresponds to the joint agreements reached at the recent ‘Normandy four’ summit in Paris

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BERLIN, October 7. /TASS/. The German government welcomes the decision of the southeast Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) to postpone the local elections in Donbas, German government’s deputy spokesperson Georg Streiter told reporters on Wednesday.

"The German government has taken into consideration reports about the separatists’ refusal to conduct local elections in October. Germany welcomes the fact that they are complying with the Minsk agreements," he said.

According to Streiter, the decision corresponds to the joint agreements reached at the recent ‘Normandy four’ summit in Paris.

On Tuesday, the DPR and LPR chief negotiators in the Contact Group on the Donbas situation settlement, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, published a statement, in which they expressed their consent to postpone the local elections until 2016. They set forth the condition that Kiev has to implement the political provisions of the Minsk agreements - on the special status of the Donbas region and granting amnesty to the "participants in events in Donetsk and Luhansk republics."

Pushilin and Deinego said that the decision to postpone the elections was made after Donetsk and Luhansk studied the results of the Normandy Quartet’s summit (of Russian, German, French and Ukrainian leaders) on October 2.

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