The Russian embassy in Ukraine expressed indignation with the statement of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs that on March 18 only individuals with diplomatic status will be allowed to vote in a diplomatic institution of the Russian Federation. This is stated in a message on the embassy's website.
"Outraged by the voiced plans of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs to block the access of Russian citizens to polling stations in the Russian embassy in Kyiv and general consulates in Odesa, Lviv and Kharkiv on May 18, 2018," the statement said.
"The intentions, under far-fetched pretexts, to deprive the residents of Ukraine of free will are incompatible with the basic norms of international law and Ukraine's obligations under multilateral and bilateral conventions and agreements. All responsibility for violating the rights of Russian citizens will lie on the Ukrainian side, " wrote the department.
"A corresponding note was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with a demand to ensure that our diplomatic mission and consulates can carry out their functions on organizing and holding elections without hindrance," the embassy stressed.
Earlier, Ukrainian nationalists promise to block Russian presidential elections in Ukraine on March 18, 2018. This is said in the joint statement of Ukrainian political parties Svoboda, Right Sector and National Corps. Political parties intend to block polling stations and form “corridor of shame” for voters – Russian citizens.
As we reported earlier, Russian presidential elections will be held on March 18 – the fourth anniversary of illegal occupation of Crimea. There are eight candidates, including the current president of the state. Russia intends to hold elections in annexed Crimea. Peninsula’s Prosecutor’s Office, which is located in Kyiv, threatened election organizers with criminal liability.