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EU does not recognise Russian elections in annexed Crimea

The EU remains steady in its support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty
23:10, 19 March 2018

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The European Union does not acknowledge the results of Russian presidential elections in annexed Crimea and called for examining the messages on violations, which came from the international observers. Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stated that in her message on the EEAS website.

The message says that the EU relies on the preliminary findings of the internationally-recognised OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission (EOM) and The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.

“The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognise the holding of elections in the Crimean peninsula,” the message says.

Besides, the EEAS added that the elections were held in a totally controlled legal and political surroundings, marked by constant pressure on critical voices.

The EU called for examining the message o the violation which came from the international observers concerning the voting on the territory of Russia.

Earlier, Russian presidential elections were held on March 18, the fourth anniversary of Crimea annexation.

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko claimed, that Russia presidential elections in annexed Crimea is another severe violation of International Law and called the international community for tightening anti-Russian sanctions.

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