MOSCOW, April 2. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has no doubts that the West will recognize the Ukrainian presidential election.
"Honestly, I’ve seen no reasons for optimism or pessimism," Lavrov told the daily Moskovsky Komsomolets in an interview, published on the newspaper’s website on Tuesday.
"What’s the point of guessing? This is a process destined to take place. It has begun and it will be completed. I have no doubts about that, just as about the West’s eventual recognition of the election."
Lavrov recalled that the OSCE monitors had already issued their preliminary report on the results of the first round "brimming with the descriptions of crude violations, such as corruption, bribery, pressure on voters and many others."
"But all this is stated in a very neutral fashion," he said. "I suspect that if we’d been the focus of attention, all such facts would’ve be presented far more emotionally. In this situation everything is toned down - just plain statements of facts."
"Then there follows the declaration that all this did not affect the legitimacy. Nor was the legitimacy affected, we are told, by the crude violation of OSCE rules, the refusal to let our monitors observe the election and the decision to deny the right to vote to the more than three million Ukrainians who live and work in Russia," Lavrov said. "These are the facts of Ukrainian life."
He believes that those who had kept a close watch on Ukraine’s internal affairs and its international relations "felt no surprise about the results or the way the process was organized."
"Some rivals there are already calling each other puppets. Possibly, this may look amusing to outsiders, but I do not think that the people find any pleasure in such democracy," Lavrov said.