12:53 08.09.2016

Rada calls on intl community not to recognize State Duma elections in Crimea

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Rada calls on intl community not to recognize State Duma elections in Crimea

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has made a statement to the parliaments of foreign states, parliamentary assemblies and international organizations regarding the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Some 269 deputies supported the relevant document.

MPs in their address noted Russia intends to conduct elections to the State Duma in Crimea and Sevastopol on September 18, 2016.

In this regard, the Ukrainian parliament appealed to the international community with the persistent request to refrain from participating in monitoring the elections and called not to recognize their results under any circumstances.

The Verkhovna Rada stressed that foreigners, who will travel to the occupied territory to monitor the illegal elections, will be threatened with criminal proceedings for infringement of the rules of entry into the temporarily occupied territory to harm the national interests of Ukraine.

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