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Volker changes stance on Russia's monitors on Ukrainian presidential election

Russia is the aggressor in Ukraine, so Ukraine's security concerns about Russia are real, the U.S. diplomat added
09:32, 8 February 2019

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U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine's Affairs Kurt Volker appears to have changed his position in terms of Russian observers working on the elections of the president of Ukraine scheduled for March 2019.

The official admitted that Ukraine's restrictions in this particular case are reasoned. 

'Must remember that Russia is the aggressor in Must remember that Russia is the aggressor in Ukraine, so Ukraine’s security concerns about Russia are real', he wrote.

As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced he is going to give an order to the State Border Guard Service not to let Russian observers to the presidential elections on March 31. He explained that this way he wants to physically prevent Russians from coming to Ukraine as observers from the international organizations.

The Verkhovna Rada registered the bill No.9524 which calls for ruling out the participation of the observers from the aggressor state in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine,

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE offered to include two citizens of Russia to the list of the mission on the observation of the Ukrainian presidential elections on 31 March, 2019, despite the conditions declared by Ukraine

The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates was closed on February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates is expected to appear. The candidates would be able to withdraw their candidacy until March 7, 2019.

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