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Russia to send short-term election observers to Ukraine

Earlier, Ukraine's Parliament prohibited Russian observers from participating in presidential elections in Ukraine
17:42, 13 February 2019

Block of Petro Poroshenko

Russia intends to send short-term observers within the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights to Ukraine during the presidential elections, as the commentary of the Information Department and Russia’s Foreign Ministry reported.

“Russian side wants to use its right to participate in the international observation of elections in another OSCE member state, in Ukraine in this case. Our actions are based on mutual obligations of all the OSCE member states to provide free access to the elections for the observers. This should guarantee transparent and democratic elections,” the message says.

Related: Poroshenko to present data on Russia’s interference in elections at Munich Security Conference

It was reported that Russia would propose candidates to the OSCE/ODIHR under the received invitations.

“We expect that they will be provided with all the necessary conditions to implement functions of the international observation,” the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

Earlier, Oleg Slobodyan, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Border Guard Service, said that border guards would check the international observers before letting them enter Ukraine. Only accredited observers would be allowed to enter the country.

Related: OSCE/ODIHR to suggest Russia send their observers to presidential elections in Ukraine

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.

ODIHR 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.

Related: Russia not to send its observers to Ukrainian elections

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 list of presidential candidates has appeared. The candidates would be able to withdraw their candidacy until March 7, 2019.

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