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May 6th, 2014
04:51 PM ET

Russia questions Ukraine holding an election while its troops are deployed

Slovyansk, Ukraine (CNN) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday ruled out holding a second international meeting in a bid to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, also saying it would be "unusual" to hold a presidential election in the country when the army was being deployed against the population.

In what could be a sign of Moscow preparing to question the legitimacy of the May 25 presidential election if it is unhappy with the process, Lavrov said, "In the situation where they use the army against their own population, it's quite unusual."

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