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Poland finds Russian local elections in occupied Crimea to be illegal

The Polish diplomats reminded that annexation of Crimea in March 2014 by Russia was a gross violation of the international law
12:20, 9 September 2019

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Foreign Ministry of Poland does not recognize the legitimacy of the local elections in occupied Crimea held by the Russian authorities on September 8, as ministry’s press service reported.

“Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland finds illegal the organization by the authority of the Russian Federation on September 8, 2019, in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine of elections to the so-called local bodies of power, including the so-called State Council of Crimean Republic, Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol and Council of city of Sevastopol,” the Polish MFA stated.

It is underlined that Poland consistently supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Polish diplomats reminded that the annexation of Crimea, part of Ukraine, in March 2014 by the Russian Federation was a gross violation of the international law and it was noted in the resolution of the UN General Assembly #68/262 dated March 27, 2014.

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In this context, Poland considered the actions committed by the Russian authorities in occupied Crimea illegal, and the results of any “elections” null and void.

The Polish diplomats emphasized the constant deterioration of the situation with the human rights in occupied Crimea, restriction of the freedom of gatherings and religion, regular incidents with illegal detention of people, especially, the Crimean Tatars.

“We urge to the international solidarity in resistance toward such actions committed by the Russian Federation in annexed Crimean peninsula,” the message said.

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On September 8, the voting day took place in Russia. The election campaigns of different levels took place, including occupied Crimea.

Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on international partners to give a principled assessment of Russia's illegal actions to organize and conduct the so-called "local elections" in occupied Crimea and to increase pressure on it. This was written in a statement published on the Foreign Ministry website.

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