The European Parliament will not interact with the future State Duma of the Russian Federation, as it would run counter to the policy of non-recognizing the Crimea annexation, according to Giacomo Fassino, the Spokesman of the EP President Martin Schulz, as cited by UNIAN.
“Position of the European Parliament and its President regarding the illegal annexation of Crimea has not changed. The EP has repeatedly expressed its commitment to a policy of non-recognition of illegal annexation, most recently in a resolution dated may 12, 2016. The European Parliament has strongly expressed its firm commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. Thus, the European Parliament has no plan of events that may be contrary to its policy of non-recognition,” Fassino said.
He went on saying that the European Parliament has not received an invitation to send observers to the parliamentary elections in Russia.
“The EP will not provide any official observation mission in the country,” Fassino Giacomo said.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov appealed to Crimean residents with a request to boycott the elections to the State Duma of Russia, September 18, 2016. Illegal elections to the Russian Parliament in the occupied Crimea will not only illegitimate so-called "Crimean deputies," but also challenge the legitimacy of the all the State Duma Members, he believes.
Elections to the State Duma are scheduled for September 18 on a mixed system: 225 deputies are elected on party lists and 225 - from the territorial electoral districts. Elections are to be conducted in the annexed Crimea for the first time.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the elections in the annexed Crimea are illegal.
The Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev, threatened to start criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.