It is clear how the May 25 presidential election will be held in Ukraine, says political analyst Alaxander Iskandaryan.
The West will recognise the results of the Ukraine vote even if only part of Kyiv goes to the polls. “Russia will not recognise the results of the vote. The election will not be held throughout the country and most likely Petro Poroshenko will beat his opponents if there is not any ‘force majeure’ situation,” he said.
The political analyst says that the country may face an economic collapse after the May 25 vote and does not exclude a second ‘Maidan’ in Ukraine.
Speaking about unofficial referendums organised by pro-Russia groups in eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Mr Iskandaryan said Russia has assumed a neutral stance and will not interfere in Ukraine’s internal questions unless Putin finds it necessary.
The political analyst says the referendums are an attempt to remind Kyiv about these regions and find a common language with the official Kyiv.
“The referendums do not necessarily mean that Donetsk and Luhansk will try to join Russia immediately after vote as Crimea did. Moreover, I can say that Russia does not pursue such a goal. Donetsk and Luhansk can join Russia only in case of a “force majeure” situation.”