US says won't recognize elections in eastern Ukraine
Iran Press TV
Sat Nov 1, 2014 10:12AM GMT
The United States says it will not recognize the elections planned for the weekend by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.
The people in Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions will go to the polls on Sunday to elect their leaders and parliamentarians.
'We deplore the intent of separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine to hold illegitimate so-called local elections on Sunday,' White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement issued on Friday.
'If held, these elections would contravene Ukraine's constitution and laws and the September 5 Minsk Protocol,' Meehan added.
She also warned Russia against using the polls as a pretext to send more forces and equipment into Ukraine.
Earlier, the European Union and the NATO alliance also slammed the vote in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Ukraine, Germany and France have called on Moscow not to recognize the elections in eastern regions, where the United Nations says over 4,000 people have been killed.
The elections came amid ongoing fighting between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russia forces in the volatile east.
Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have been the scene of deadly clashes between protesters and the Ukrainian army since the government in Kiev launched military operations in mid-April in a bid to crush the protests.
In an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, Steven D. Kelley, a former CIA contractor, said the United States has no moral authority to criticize the elections.
"The US State Department has no right to criticize the elections that are going on in the NovoRussia (Novorossiya), which should never be referred to as eastern Ukraine again because of the genocide being committed against them by the insane Nazi junta government in Kiev," Kelley said.
"The United States has a record of supporting elections in occupied countries, such as in Iraq, which certainly be a good example of an illegitimate election," he added.
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