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    Slovakia Considers Donbas Elections Illegitimate: Foreign Affairs Ministry

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    The spokesperson for Slovakia's Foreign Ministry said his country considers elections in Donbas as contradicting the Minsk agreement on Ukraine.

    PRAGUE, November 2 (RIA Novosti) — Slovakia does not recognize the ongoing elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics' (DPR and LPR) in Eastern Ukraine, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Peter Susko said on Sunday.

    “By the fact that Slovakia does not recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed Eastern Ukraine regions, we also do not consider lawful that the elections are conducted by separatists in these regions,” Susko told reporters.

    DPR and LPR, also known as Donbas collectively, are conducting elections of their regional leaders and legislative bodies on November 2. However, the European Union and the United States said earlier, that the elections contradicted the Minsk agreement on the regulation of the crisis in Donbas, and that the international community would not recognize them.

    Meanwhile, Moscow considers that the interpretation of the Minsk protocol is hindering the peace process, and asserts that it will recognize the elections.

    About one hundred observers from a number of European countries and the United States have arrived in the region to monitor the elections.

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