If elections to State Duma recognized Ukraine leaves PACE

The Foreign Minister believes that Ukraine must take clear and radical measures, if the Duma elections will be recognized as legitimate.

13 September 2016 11:20

If the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recognizes the powers of the Russian delegation, despite the illegitimacy of the elections to the State Duma in the annexed Crimea, Ukraine may terminate its participation in the organization, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin told the program "Freedom of Speech."

“Our position is very simple: If the power of the Russian delegation to PACE, for example, is positively recognized, we will consider different options, even down to leaving the PACE. Of course, I can not tell the Ukrainian People's Deputies to do so, for it should be a sovereign decision. But I will advise to make very radical steps,” he said.

According to Klimkin, Ukraine has to act radically.

“Due to the illegitimate and niggling elections in the temporarily occupied Crimea, the all-Russian State Duma elections can not be legitimate by definition. So we have questions on the conduct of the elections in the occupied Crimea. We are curious about how will the State Duma be treated in future, since the results of the voting are initially distorted,” the Foreign Minister stressed.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly stated that Russian elections are illegal in the annexed Crimea.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on the International Community not to recognize the elections to the State Duma that Russia intends to hold in the annexed Crimea.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission will not observe the illegitimate elections to the State Duma in the occupied Crimea, September 18, 2016.

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 Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev, threatened to start criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.