(QHA) -

The European Union does not recognize the legitimacy of elections held in Crimea, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has said.

"In view of reports about local elections having taken place in Crimea and Sevastopol, we recall that the European Union recognizes neither the legal framework nor the legitimacy of these elections,"- Ashton said in a statement.

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and will not recognize it,"- the statement added.

Parliament elections -- first Crimean elections since the peninsula’s annexation -- were held in Crimea September 14. Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people however boycotted the election.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, following local referendum on region’s status.

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