SLOVAKIA considers the so-called referendums on the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine illegal and unlawful because they were prepared and carried out in conflict with existing Ukrainian legislation, the Foreign Ministry declared on Monday in connection with the referendums organised by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine on Sunday, May 11.

The ministry's statement further reads that Slovakia does not recognise the results of the referendum and that it recognises Ukraine as an independent, sovereign state. At the same time, Slovakia calls on those concerned to refrain from steps that could lead to an escalation in tension in eastern Ukraine and would bring the territorial integrity of Ukraine into question, the TASR newswire reported.

According to the statement, all Ukrainian citizens will be able to express their will in the presidential election that is set to take place on May 25. The ministry further believes that in order to find a way out of the crisis in line with the four-party talks between Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the US that took place in Geneva on April 17, there is a need to refrain from violence and provocation in the east and south of Ukraine.

Source: TASR

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