German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault pledged that their countries do not recognize the annexation of Crimea, reported "Interfax-Ukraine".
Regarding the question of the legitimacy of the elections to the Duma in the Crimea, as my colleague Ayrault has already said, we do not recognize and will not recognize the annexation of Crimea, said Steinmeier when asked on the legitimacy of the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, due to be held in the occupied peninsula as well.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the international community not to recognize the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation the occupants intend to conduct in the annexed Crimea September 18, 2016.
As QHA reported earlier, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission will not observe the illegitimate elections to the Duma in the occupied Crimea.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov appealed to the Crimean residents calling to boycott the elections to the State Duma of Russia. Conducting illegal elections in the Parliament of the Russian Federation on the territory temporarily occupied Crimea does not only mean the so-called "Crimean MPs" are illegitimate, but also casts doubt on the legitimacy of the entire Russia’s State Duma, he believes.
The Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev threatened to launch criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.