Russia plans to once again "attach" the annexed Crimea as part of its territory after the parliamentary elections to the State Duma. This opinion was expressed by Polish MEP Michał Boni, Ukrinform reports.
“It’s clear that carrying out elections is another attempt to "attach" the territory of Crimea (to Russia - ed.) and consolidate the forces, which has nothing to do with democracy and personal expression of will,” the Polish politician said.
According to him, the OSCE will not send its observers to monitor the elections on the territory of the peninsula.
“Putin continues to play the "bad diplomacy", so these elections cannot be recognized as legitimate,” the Member of the European Parliament said.
Michał Boni also noted that the EU's position on the annexation of Crimea, as before, remains steadfast.
“The EU condemns and does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation,” the Polish politician said.
At the same time, he expressed hope that the new deputies elected in majority districts to the State Duma would adhere to the principles of the EU, in particular - respect for freedom of speech and the territorial integrity of other countries.
The next parliamentary elections to the lower house of the Russian parliament - the State Duma – will be held on September 18.