Ukraine - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (30.10.18)

Q: According to our information, the Security Council will meet today to discuss elections in the Donbass region. According to this same source, this meeting is being held at the behest of Western countries and particularly France. Can you confirm that information? What are the goals of this meeting? What results are you hoping for?

A: The Bolivian presidency of the Security Council announced that a public Council meeting would be held today on the situation in Ukraine.

France reaffirms on this occasion that the so-called “local elections” scheduled for November 11 in the two separatist territories of Donetsk and Luhansk will undermine the sovereignty of the Ukrainian state and will conflict with the commitments taken under the Minsk agreements.

As a mediator in the Normandy format, France calls on the Russian authorities to forestall any decision liable to increase tensions in eastern Ukraine. France deplores the lack of progress on security issues in the Donbass and expresses its grave concern over the humanitarian situation.

The implementation of the Minsk agreements signed by both Russia and Ukraine remains the only way to bring a peaceful, lasting solution to this conflict that has gone on for nearly five years.