TALLINN (QHA) -

Estonia condemns Russia holding elections in the occupied Crimea and does not recognize their results, according to the statement of the Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser, published by the press service.

The Estonian Foreign Ministry resolutely condemned the illegal annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation four years ago, during which the provisions of the Ukrainian Constitution, the freedom and desire of the Ukrainian people were ignored as well as the established international rules. The department noted that Crimea is and will remain part of Ukraine.

Estonia also condemned Russia's serious violations of international law.

“Local residents are forcibly conscripted in the Russian armed forces, forced to accept Russian citizenship, their property is alienated, restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion are imposed. For four years, the life of the peninsula's population has deteriorated, with about 40,000 residents having left it because of psychological and physical pressure. The annexation complicated and maintained communication with the Estonians residing in the Crimea," reads the statement.

Reportedly, 43 observers from 20 countries of the world were registered at the CEC in the occupied Crimea to monitor the illegal elections, according to Kirill Stepanov, Deputy Plenipotentiary of the Russian president in the Southern Federal District.

Earlier, the EU confirmed the non-recognition of the Russian annexation of the Crimea.

QHA