It is not clear what Moscow gets out of a deal with Ukraine by selling gas below market price, and guaranteeing supplies to Europe while there are still sanctions and anti-Russian propaganda, Paul Roberts, former Assistant US Treasury Secretary, told RT.
Ukrainian rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk have urged the OSCE and Russia to persuade Ukrainian authorities to fulfill the conditions of the Minsk peace deal, citing the absence of a ceasefire and no progress in granting the regions a special status.
Ukraine and Russia have agreed on the framework conditions for supplying gas in EU-brokered talks on Wednesday, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said. But to resume gas deliveries Russia needs a clear payment plan from Ukraine, the minister said.
Ukraine's Opposition Bloc, which won 9.36 percent in the nation's parliamentary elections, says the vote was rigged. It is calling on President Poroshenko to investigate violations, adding that skewing results will not help efforts to “unite the country.”
The main concern about the legitimacy of Ukrainian vote comes from restrictions on anti-Maidan parties, including a campaign against the Communist party which intimidated its constituency, Prof. Nicolai Petro from University of Rhode Island, told RT.
Russia is ready to recognize parliament elections in Ukraine, but is very concerned with two radical parties getting into the Ukrainian parliament, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with LifeNews channel.