OSCE not officially invited to Crimean referendum: Temirgaliev

11 March 2014 11:37

The administration of Crimea has not sent an official invitation to the OSCE to monitor the referendum in Crimea, Rustam Temirgaliyev, deputy Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, told Interfax.

"We are really ready to accept monitors from the OSCE, but not as military advisers, let alone the NATO countries, but real monitors. A verbal invitation was indeed made by Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov, but no official invitation was sent," he said.

The administration of Crimea has invited representatives of the Russian Central Elections Commission and monitors from the CIS countries, he said.

"We are open to various international organizations, but only if they are ready to send monitors, not saboteurs, military experts and advisers. We don't need the help of such 'specialists'," he said.

Some media earlier reported, citing a source in the government of Crimea, that the administration of Crimea had sent an official invitation to the OSCE mission to send monitors to the Crimean referendum.