Representatives of European missions will not attend the Presidential elections of the Russian Federation (RF) in the occupied Crimea in the spring of 2018.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU) do not plan to send their observers to the elections to the annexed peninsula.
The OSCE noted that 500 experts will observe the voting in the Russian Federation, but no one will go to Crimea.
“Brussels will send observers to Russia, but not to the Crimea. The final lists of those who will go to Russia have not yet been agreed upon. Negotiations with the host country are continuing," the European Parliament deputy Tomasz Zdziechowski said.
Previously, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a package of amendments to the electoral legislation, according to which the next presidential election will be held on March 18, 2018 - the anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Crimea by Russia. In 2018, presidential elections were to be held on March 11, but in the same week in Russia will celebrate International Women's Day on March 8. Thus, the election of the Russian president will coincide with the anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea - March 18.