The West’s statements on non-recognition of the State Duma elections in Crimea is an attempt to distract attention from Kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements. It was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday at a press conference devoted to the outcome of his visit to New York for the 76th session of the UNGA, TASS reports.
"The fact that the West has grasped this Crimean issue, including the feverish holding of the so-called Crimea Platform in Kiev and an uproar over the vote, I think it is an attempt to divert attention from the fact that President Zelensky-led Kyiv has shamefully failed its commitments under the Minsk agreements to overcome the intra-Ukrainian conflict in the east of that country," Lavrov said.
He accused Western countries of diplomatic unprofessionalism in connection with their refusal to recognize the elections in the occupied peninsula and stressed that "the Crimea case was closed once and forever."
On September 16, at a plenary session in Strasbourg the European Parliament approved a report of Lithuanian lawmaker Andrius Kubilius, which called on the EU authorities to revise relations with Russia. The report says that the EU countries should be prepared to refuse to recognize the results of the forthcoming State Duma elections, if violations of democratic procedures and international law were exposed.
Soon, chairman of the HRC commission on international cooperation in the field of human rights Kirill Vyshinsky stated that over 150,000 residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions took part in the elections to the State Duma of Russia.