On the margins of his visit to the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (3 November) on the latest developments in Ukraine.
It is not easy to assess the events of the past hours from far away here in Jakarta.
However, it is clear that the Minsk Protocol must be the guideline and benchmark for all efforts to defuse the conflict.
It is equally clear that yesterday’s so-called elections were in breach of the letter and spirit of the Minsk Protocol. In our opinion, Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must not be violated.
The European Union already stated yesterday that we do not accept the ballot or its results.