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Recognising vote in east Ukraine incomprehensible - German gov't

BERLIN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Monday Berlin found it incomprehensible that "official Russian voices" should recognise an election held by pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine.

Sunday's elections have been condemned by Kiev and its Western allies as illegal. Russia's foreign ministry was quoted on Monday as saying Moscow "respects" the outcome of the vote.

"It is all the more incomprehensible that there are official Russian voices that are respecting or even recognising these so-called elections," spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference.


The current developments in east Ukraine rule out any premature lifting of EU economic sanctions against Russia, he added. If the situation worsened, further sanctions may be necessary, Seibert said. (Reporting by Thorsten Severin; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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