Ukraine may withdraw from participation in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in case the powers of the authorities of the Russian delegation in this organization will be recognized, despite the illegitimacy of the elections to the State Duma in the occupied Crimea. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin on air of Freedom of Speech talk show on ICTV TV channel.
"Our position is very simple: if the powers of the Russian delegation, for instance in PACE, will be recognized, positively recognized, we will consider a variety of options - even including not participating in PACE. Of course, I can not say this to the Ukrainian people's deputies - it is up to them to take their independent decision - but I will advise to take very radical steps," - he said.
The Foreign Minister noted that Ukraine needs to take "clear and radical steps."
"All Russian elections to the State Duma can not be legitimate because of the illegitimate and null elections in the territory of temporarily occupied Crimea. So we have questions regarding conducting of these elections in the occupied Crimea. How Russian State Duma will be perceived after the elections? Whereas the results of the voting are awry and misrepresented by definition. And the issue of legitimacy of this Duma arises," - stressed the Minister.
At the same time, the Coordinator of the civic network Opora, the representative of Ukraine Olha Aivazovska believes that Ukraine should not revoke the delegation from the PACE. On this she wrote to Facebook.
"Elections can't be free and fair when 2 million citizens are forcible added into the voters lists, who were forced to get Russian citizenship due to pressure and intimidation," - wrote Olha Aivazovska on her Facebook.
"It's no good to provide the enemy with a comfortable environment to exercise their diplomatic and political expansion, "- she summed up.
It was reported earlier, polling stations are to be formed in the Russian Embassy in Kyiv and in the Consulate General of Russia in Odessa, Lviv and Kharkiv on September 18 - the election day in Russia.
Later, the Foreign Ministry claimed that holding the elections of deputies of the State Duma of Russia at the Russian diplomatic missions in the territory of Ukraine is possible only after the refusal of the Russian side to hold the elections inside the occupied territories.