MFA: Elections in occupied Crimea call into question legitimacy of State Duma

Source : 112 Ukraine

"Any results of these elections are null and void", - speaker of MFA
17:49, 18 September 2016

112 Agency

The elections to Russian State Duma is a violation of international law, because of holding elections in the occupied Crimea. This was reported by the speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Mariana Betza, according to "Interfax-Ukraine".

"We believe that these elections are another indication of the continuing armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine. As Crimea is a part of Ukraine, we believe that these elections are a priori illegitimate, illegal, in violation of international law, the UN Charter, the legislation of Ukraine, and also violate the UN General Assembly Resolution of 27 March 2014, which confirmed Ukraine's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders ", - said Betza.

The Speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stressed that the holding of elections "calls into question the entire legitimacy of the State Duma," and shows the need to strengthen the sanctions previously imposed, "both personal and general."

"We also believe that any results of these elections are null, and we urge the world not to recognize the legitimacy of these elections, the legitimacy of Russian representatives and the legitimacy of the State Duma, and we believe that it is necessary to strengthen the sanctions pressure on all involved in the conduct of these elections" - she added.

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