Russia will recognise Ukraine separatists' elections: Lavrov

Russia plans to recognise elections being organised next weekend by rebels in east Ukraine in defiance of the government in Kiev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview Tuesday.

"We expect the elections will go ahead as agreed, and we will of course recognise the results," Lavrov told Izvestia daily ahead of the Sunday polls staged by two pro-Russian separatist regions of east Ukraine.