"The parties have to agree on specific details, and since the Donbas is the territory of Ukraine, I think it is legitimate that elections can be organized only in the conditions when the Ukrainian authorities, the Ukrainian government say that there is an atmosphere, preconditions for free elections. There is no such situation today," Lajcak said in an interview with BBC News Ukrainian.
He emphasized that free elections in Donbas can be held only under free conditions and according to Ukrainian laws. He also said that international observers, the OSCE, other international organizations should ensure election monitoring, that is, "within the system of Ukrainian jurisdiction."
Lajcak said that only after such a situation is achieved, elections can be organized and called free.
"I said that today I do not see any prerequisites for holding free elections under Ukrainian law in non-government controlled areas," Lajcak added.
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