ANKARA (QHA) -

The election of the Russian president in the occupied Crimea is illegal, which means that Putin is an illegally elected president. The corresponding statement was made by the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev in an interview with QHA correspondent.

“If it were parliamentary elections that were held last year, it would be meaningful to say that we do not recognize the MPs elected in the Crimea. But when we say that we do not recognize the elections in the Crimea, but we recognize the elections held in the country as a whole, in practice this does not have any result. Because the votes received in the Crimea, illegal votes, show that Putin is an illegally elected president. But the Western countries just do not take such a step. And we understand the reasons for this, because the non-recognition of the president of the country with nuclear weapons is the last step towards declaring war. But still, the non-recognition of elections in the Crimea is very good," he said.

Reference: The election of the Russian president was held on March 18. The current Russian president, Vladimir Putin, won the election, gaining almost 77% of the vote.

QHA reported that France does not recognize the results of voting 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.

Previously, Canada also said that it does not recognize the election of the Russian president in the Crimea and condemned its 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 in the presidential elections of the Russian Federation in the annexed Crimea.

QHA