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Poroshenko asks Erdoğan not to acknowledge Russian elections in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poroshenko also called Turkish citizens for abstaining in elections monitoring in the annexed Crimea
11:23, 17 March 2018
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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey. Poroshenko asked his Turkish colleague not to acknowledge the results of Russian presidential elections, which will be held on March 18. President’s press-office reports.

 “Ukraine’s President called his Turkish colleague for not acknowledging the results of illegal elections and Turkish citizens for abstaining in elections monitoring on the annexed peninsula. “Crimea is Ukraine”. We expect Turkey to support us as usual,” Poroshenko said.

The parties also decided on immediate completion of the negotiations concerning the Agreement on free trade zone within two countries.

Related: Ukraine sends official notification to UN on Russian presidential elections

Earlier, Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Internal Minister, said that Russian citizens who live on the territory of Ukraine will not have access to Russian diplomatic agencies located in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Lviv to vote for future Russian President on March 18.

Earlier, Ukrainian nationalists promise to block Russian presidential elections in Ukraine on March 18, 2018. This is said in the joint statement of Ukrainian political parties Svoboda, Right Sector and National Corps. Political parties intend to block polling stations and form “corridor of shame” for voters – Russian citizens.

As we reported earlier, Russian presidential elections will be held on March 18 – the fourth anniversary of illegal occupation of Crimea. There are eight candidates, including the current president of the state. Russia intends to hold elections in annexed Crimea. Peninsula’s Prosecutor’s Office, which is located in Kyiv, threatened election organizers with criminal liability.

Related: G7 ambassadors condemn Russian presidential election in Crimea

Related: Poroshenko asks G7 countries to condemn Russian elections in Crimea

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