The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent a note of protest to the Russian Federation in connection with the decision to conduct presidential elections on the territory of the annexed Crimea. This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin in his Twitter.
"We sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: 1. Expressing a strong protest against the presidential elections in the occupied Crimea, 2. Warned them against attempts to organize elections in the occupied Donbas 3. Noted that there can not be any election in the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine without full execution of first 2 conditions, "he wrote.
The minister added that everyone who will be involved in the elections will be subject to sanctions.
"We will work to ensure that all involved in the election of the Russian president in the occupied Crimea fell under the appropriate sanctions," said Klimkin.
The presidential elections in Russia will be held on March 18, 2018. According to Russian laws, presidential elections should be held on the second Sunday in March. In 2018, according to these rules, the event will take place on March 11, but was postponed for a week, so that the voting day coincides with the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Such a move, according to the plan of the presidential administration, should help to increase the turnout at the elections.