Canada will not send its observers to the elections to the State Duma in the annexed Crimea, Ukrinform reports citing Jean Austin, a spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada.
"Canada will not send its observers to the occupied Crimea to monitor the election," said Jean.
According to him, Canada shares the international community's position on the illegal elections in the annexed territory of Ukraine.
"The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) - the body, under the auspices of which Canada usually sends its short-term observers for the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation - does not recognize Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and considers Crimea an integral part of the Ukrainian territory. Thus, the ODIHR has made it clear that it would not send its observers for the elections in the Russian-occupied Crimea," he said.
However, he has not specified whether Canada will recognize the State Duma of the Russian Federation, if the elections are held on the peninsula.
"Canada supports the formal intergovernmental relations and has no practice of recognition of parliaments," said Jean.
It should be noted that President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the international community not to recognize the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, which the occupant state intends to carry out in the annexed Crimea on September 18, 2016.
As QHA reported earlier, the OSCE special monitoring mission will not observe the illegitimate elections to the Russia's State Duma in the occupied Crimea.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov called on the Crimean residents to boycott the elections to the Russia's State Duma. He also noted that conducting illegal elections to the Russian parliament in the temporarily occupied Crimea does not only make the so-called "Crimean MPs" illegitimate, but also casts doubt on the legitimacy of the whole Russian State Duma.
The Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Kyiv threatened with the opening of criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.