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Russia calls for Ukraine dialogue between Kiev and regions
Monday, 12 May 2014 11:46
Likelihood of annexation recedes as Donetsk and Luhansk claim 90%-plus vote for sovereignty for 'people's republics'

Russia has said it "respects" the results of independence referendums in eastern Ukraine, but has called for dialogue between the government in Kiev and the south-east regions of the country, suggesting that a Crimea-style annexation of the region for Moscow is not on the cards.

According to preliminary results announced by the de facto authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk, about 90 and 96% respectively voted for state sovereignty on Sunday. The referendums which Kiev has dismissed as illegitimate were hastily organised and marked by numerous violations.

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source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/12/russia-ukraine-dialogue-kiev-donetsk-luhansk