Observers from the European Union will not be in the Crimea and Sevastopol during the elections to the State Duma of Russia. Maya Kocijancic, the official representative of the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini, stated this, ZN.UA reports.
"OSCE provides monitoring during the elections to the State Duma on September 18. However, the observers will not work on illegally annexed territories. Union diplomats involved in this monitoring will be limited by Russian territory, so they will not in any case monitor the elections in the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol", she said.
When asked whether the EU will recognize the overall results of the elections to the State Duma, Kocijancic said: "We will decide on the OSCE report, I will not indulge in speculation about upcoming events".
Mogherini’s representative recalled that the European Union condemned and did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Recall that Crimean authorities force people to attend the elections to the Russian State Duma under the pretext of dismissals and wage cuts.