KYIV (QHA) -

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland congratulated the incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin on winning the election, but did not mention that these elections were illegally held in the occupied Ukrainian Crimea. The Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Volodymyr Ariev made a corresponding statement on Twitter.

“Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland have sent congratulations to Putin with no single word about illegal “elections” in annexed Crimea. This is so shameful for leadership of Human Rights and Rule of Law watchdog institution. Comprehensive crisis of values in Council of Europe," he wrote.

QHA reported that the incumbent president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, gained almost 77% of the vote.

Previously, France stated that it does not recognize the results of the vote in the presidential elections in Russia in the annexed Crimea. Paris continues to insist on full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders.
Canada also stated it does not recognize the election of the Russian president in the Crimea and condemned their conduct on the annexed territory of Ukraine. On the same day, Germany announced that it would not recognize the results of the voting on March 18.

QHA