Ukraine's international partners do not recognize Russian elections in Crimea, - Foreign Ministry

The legitimacy of Russia's parliamentary elections may be questioned over the non-recognition of their results in the territory of annexed Crimea by Ukraine's international partners.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Mariana Betsa told Hromadske, Censor.NET reports.

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"There is support and understanding of our foreign partners in terms of impossibility of elections in temporarily occupied Crimea. And it raises a broader question - about the legitimacy of the State Duma as a whole," Betsa said.

According to her, Ukraine is currently raising this issue in all international organizations: the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe.

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"We talk to every country, we have tremendous support. No one recognizes these elections. But our task is to make them not happen," the press secretary remarked.

As previously reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to inform the Russian leadership about the impossibility of holding the elections to the State Duma in the Ukrainian territory.

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On Sept. 8, 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the parliaments of foreign states, international parliamentary assemblies and organizations to not recognize the elections to the State Duma in occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, scheduled for Sept. 18, 2016.

Ukrainian Parliament urges the international community to refrain from participating in monitoring the elections and to not recognize their results under any circumstances.

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The Verkhovna Rada also stresses that foreigners who are going to travel to the occupied territory to monitor the illegal elections will face criminal charges for infringement of the rules of entry into the temporarily occupied territory to harm the national interests of Ukraine.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n405676