Sweden does not recognize the illegal elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, held yesterday, September, 18 in the annexed Crimea.
We deplore Russia’s holding of Duma elections today in illegally annexed Crimea. We will not recognize those "elected" in Crimea, the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström wrote on Twitter.
September 18, Russian citizens voted for MPs to the Sate Duma. Considering Crimea the Russian territory and breaching the international law, the RF illegally opened polling stations in the occupied part of Ukraine.
Most countries have refused to send observers to the elections in Crimea. The OSCE and the Venice Commission did not monitor the results of the voting in the occupied peninsula as well. Ukraine strongly condemned the conduct of the Russian elections on its territory and called on other countries not to recognize the results, maintaining a policy of non-recognition of annexation.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that "any results of these elections are null and void", and that the Russian parliamentary elections, which breach the international law, call into question the legitimacy of the elected State Duma and is the reason to expand sanctions against Russia. A video evidence of voting falsification in Russia has already been put on the Internet.