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G7 countries urge holding election in Donbass

May 27, 2016, 8:29 UTC+3 ISE-SHIMA

According to the final declaration of G7 summit, the alection is to be held as soon as possible

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A local resident in on of the Donetsk region's settlements, May 26 2016

A local resident in on of the Donetsk region's settlements, May 26 2016

© Mikhail Sokolov/TASS

ISE-SHIMA /Japan/, May 27. /TASS/. The leaders of G7 countries consider it necessary to hold elections in Donbass as soon as possible and urge all sides to fulfill their obligations within the Minsk accords, the final declaration of G7 summit says.

According to the document, G7 is calling for all sides involved to fulfill their commitments without delay in order to hold local elections in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in accordance with the Minsk accords.

The sides also stressed that the Ukrainian crisis may only be settled by diplomatic means in full compliance with the international law.

Also, the leaders of G7 countries supported the work of the Contact Group and the ‘Normandy format’.

Participants of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Donbass on February 12, 2015 signed in Minsk the Package of Measures on implementation of the Minsk Agreements, earlier agreed with members of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine).

Japanese PM informs G7 colleagues about meetings with presidents of Russia, Ukraine

According to  Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Yasuhisa Kawamura, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his colleagues during the G7 summit about his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in Tokyo.

"Abe informed about the results of meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi and with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko," he said.

On May 6, Putin and Abe had talks in Sochi. According to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the meeting demonstrated the readiness to boost cooperation between the sides in all areas.

Poroshenko paid an official visit to Japan on April 5-7.

The G7 Summit, assembling the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the US, is being held in Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park (Mie Prefecture) on the Pacific Coast and will end on May 27.

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