: Merkel says Donbas elections currently impossible

12:12 Jun. 28, 2016

Merkel says Donbas elections currently impossible

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman depart after speaking to the media following talks at the Chancellery on June 27, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (GettyImages Photo)

German Chancellor had meeting with Ukraine's PM Volodymyr Groysman 

The elections in the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are currently impossible. The security situation in Ukraine's east remains shaky, with ceasefire agreement being violated numerous times on a regular basis. 

This is according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who takes part in the negotiations on peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian/Russian conflict. 

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On June 27 Merkel held a meeting with Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. The situation in Donbas topped the agenda of the two politicians. 

"There are objective reasons the elections cannot happen nowadays - it's not safe in Donbas", Merkel said after emerging from the meeting, BBC Ukraine reported. 

At the same time the Chancellor stressed the necessity of the local elections in the future. She said steps towards deescalation must be taken in order to stop the shooting in the conflict regions. 

Read also: Merkel: Ukraine has taken 'courageous' path

Groysman, in turn, insisted, any votes could be possible only after the implementation of the Minsk agreements by the Russian Federation. 

Earlier German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung claimed, next Normandy Four talks between Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France could occur during the NATO summit in Warsaw, which is set to take place on July 8-9. 

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