East Ukraine's Incorporation 'Hypothetical' - Russian FM
The prospect of annexing the east of Ukraine to the Russian Federation is a "hypothetical question", Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
In an interview for Bloomberg TV, Lavrov explained that what was important in the Ukraine crisis was not about incorporation of territories, but about "how people will feel in this country".
The Foreign Minister made the comment when asked whether Russia could guarantee it did not want to conquer the east of Ukraine. He was also clear Russia had "no intention" of sending troops anywhere.
Speaking of the May 25 presidential elections in Ukraine, Lavrov said the vote could not hold legitimacy if impeded by fighting and stressed the situation was not favourable for having such a poll. It would be results of the elections that will help Moscow assess their legitimacy, he added.
He also spoke of a "real war" between Kiev government forces and pro-Russian separatists, adding the Ukraine was "as close to civil war as it can be".
Russia's Foreign Minister warned against attempts to grant NATO membership to Ukraine, describing any similar move as "an issue for Russia" and would substantially harm European security.
His words came days after a "self-government" referendum in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions reportedly showed support for independence from Kiev, amid weeks-long occupation of government buildings across the country's east and south organized by pro-Russian rebels.
Leadership representatives from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic have announced another poll is to later determine whether their regions should join Russia.
After the referendum results were announced, Lavrov called for urgent talks between Kiev and the east of Ukraine.
Round-table talks brokered by the OSCE were scheduled in Ukraine's capital between government and regional representatives are under way, but without protesters' participation.
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Yes it might be theoretical but the facts on the ground are changing.
The tactics of the illegal Kiev government has been to send tanks and helicopters into the South and East to shoot the place up, however the democratic people in the East and South are able to shoot down helicopters and earlier this week they destroyed an armoured personnel carrier sent by Kiev to terrorise them.
So if they can continue to defend themselves against the illegal Kiev government they will be on the path to being independant countries and can then enter trade agreements with Russia and China.
Western media is buzzing with the story that 13 US mercenaries were killed in one of the downed helicopters and the US will not reclaim the bodies as they want to pretend that the US does not have people fighting on the ground.
The US funds the illegal Kiev government and its mercenaries through the IMF.
ha - so this closet homo lavrov loves a bit of it when a referendum marred by fighting results in a collective sucking of putins 3 inches, but an election which will elect a government unwilling to bend over for tsar putka is clearly not legitimate. you sure don't get anything like consistency from the KGB propaganda bandwagon.