The European Union condemns holding of elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the annexed Crimea, European Pravda repots, citing a spokesperson for the European Commission Kochyanchich Maya as saying.
“The EU condemns everything related to the situation with the elections to the State Duma and voting in Crimea, not recognizing the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Once again we express our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” she said.
Kochyanchich also noted that the OSCE/ODIHR observers were invited to monitor Russian elections and have already started working.
“But representatives of the monitoring mission will not carry out any activity in the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol. The representation of the EU observer mission beyond the OSCE is also to be limited by only internationally recognized borders of the Russian Federation, and in any case they will not be represented in Crimea,” she said.
The European Commission representative did not comment on the likely results of the elections, noting that the Commission will give its assessment only after the voting in the Russian Federation on the basis of the OSCE/ODIHR report.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov called on the Crimean residents to boycott the elections to the State Duma of Russia on September 18, 2016. 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has repeatedly stated that elections in the annexed Crimea are illegal.
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.