Secretary of the national security Council and defence of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has rejected the possibility of holding a referendum on the temporarily occupied Donbass. He said this to journalists in Kyiv, the broadcast led the TV channel “112 Ukraine”.
“Russia has its own interpretation of the Minsk agreements, and “formula Steinmeier,” in fact they have their destructive stance disguised as any names in particular the proposal for the referendum. Sorry, this is a provocation and nonsense. To hold a referendum in the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbass – it’s like that lecture Colorado potato beetles on the need to preserve the harvest. It will never be accepted by the country,” he said.
Turchinov stressed that first we have to complete de-occupation and only after that may be involved in the political mechanisms of reintegration of these territories into the constitutional field of Ukraine.
We will remind that earlier the Bloomberg Agency with reference to sources reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Donald trump in Helsinki proposed to hold a referendum in the Donbas. According to one of interlocutors, trump asked Putin to discuss the idea of a referendum at a press conference after the summit, to give the US President time to consider this idea. The source added that Putin proposed to organize a vote among local residents of Donbas regarding the status of their region. All this should happen under the auspices of the international community.
Sources in Russia claim that such a referendum should not include the “Crimean scenario”, we can only talk about the autonomy of Donbas within Ukraine.
Later, the head of the Council of national security of the United States Garrett Marquis said that the Administration is not considering supporting a referendum.
In turn, Pavlo Klimkin stated that the purpose of such statements of the Russian authorities is the collapse of Ukraine.
Commented on the situation and the US special envoy on Ukraine Kurt Volker. He assured that the US does not support the idea of holding any kind of referendum in the occupied Donbas, as they will not have legitimacy.