Canada does not recognize the elections to the State Duma of Russia on the occupied territory of Crimea. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Stéphane Dion wrote this on Twitter.
“Crimea remains an integral part of Ukraine and Canada will not recognize the legitimacy of Russian Duma elections taking place there”, reads the statement.
Recall that the elections to the State Duma of the VII convocation that is elected for five years started in Russia on September 18.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Klimkin said that Ukraine may withdraw its delegation to PACE in the case of recognition of the elections in Crimea.
OSCE and PACE have already said they will not send observers to the elections in the Crimea and Sevastopol. Foreign Minister of Denmark condemned the elections, and Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French FM Jean-Marc Ayrault reminded again that their countries do not recognize the annexation of the peninsula.
Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov said that the Crimean Tatars will boycott the elections.