Russia will not send its observers at the presidential elections in Ukraine due to “security concerns” as the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
“We consider the refusal of Ukraine to accredit Russian observers as the gross violation of the international commitments in the generally accepted electoral procedure. The considerable damage of the ODIHR, which positions itself as guardians of “golden standard” of the principles of the electoral monitoring, is caused by such actions. Kyiv authorities, in fact, “wiped their feet” on these standards, showing again the complete neglect of the norms of the international law and their commitments,” the message said.
The ministry also thinks that the absence of the Russian observers in the list of the international monitoring missions “doubts transparency and objectivity of the results of the upcoming expression of will”.
On February 7, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine prohibited observers from the Russian Federation to participate in the election process in Ukraine.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin has warned that Ukraine does not intend to approve applications from the Russian OSCE observers at the elections.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated he would issue an order to the State Border Guard Service not to let Russian observers to the presidential elections.
The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates would last until February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates will appear. The candidates would be able to withdraw his candidacy until March 7, 2019.