September 28, 2015 / 5:33 PM / 3 years ago

Russia says hopes for deal on east Ukraine elections soon

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hopes an agreement can be reached in the coming days on holding regional elections in rebel-held east Ukraine, Moscow’s envoy to the OSCE watchdog said on Monday, according to a transcript of his speech on the foreign ministry’s website.

The envoy, Alexander Lukashevich, said it would be “extremely difficult” to implement the so-called Minsk peace agreement for east Ukraine by the end of the year and that Kiev had to be more constructive for that to be possible.

Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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