NATO refuses to legitimize the elections that took place in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, stated the NATO Press Office on their website on November 11. "They run contrary to the letter and spirit of the Minsk Agreements and undermine efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” the statement reads.
"NATO fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We continue to call on Russia to withdraw its forces and cease all support to militant groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. We call for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements by all sides and we support the efforts of the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group,” the Alliance noted.
Earlier, the European Union stated that they believe that the elections that took place on November 11 were illegal and that they would not be recognized. Canada also condemned the elections in the Donbas. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated earlier that the results of the elections in the Donbas would not be recognized by Ukraine or the rest of the world, and that their results would be null and void.