Vladimir Putin Declares Russia Will Recognise Outcome of Ukraine Poll
THE GUARDIAN – Vladimir Putin has given the strongest indication yet that Russia is defusing its policy towards Ukraine, saying that Moscow will “respect the choice of the Ukrainian people” and work with the country’s government after a new president is elected on Sunday.
Previously, the Kremlin had not made it clear whether it would recognise the vote amid the continuing violence in the east of the country, where pro-Moscow separatists have declared two independent statelets after questionable referendums held earlier this month.
The separatist authorities have said they will do everything possible to disrupt the elections, stating they do not plan to hold “the presidential elections of a neighbouring state” on their territory, and there has been a campaign of terror and intimidation against polling stations and election officials.
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