Russia’s Foreign Ministry regards it illegal that Ukrainian authorities blocked the access for Russian citizens in its diplomatic agencies in Ukraine to vote for Russian President. Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, stated this on Sunday, Interfax reports.
“Kyiv authorities started threatening Russian citizens long before March 18, spreading the information on demolitions and provocations on the polling stations in Russian diplomatic agencies,” she said.
She called Ukraine’s actions unprecedented measures.
“When it became obvious that Russian citizens could not be threatened and despite everything, Russians will come to vote, Kyiv authority took unprecedented measures – announced about physical denial of access to the polling stations for Russian citizens on the election day,” Zakharova stressed.
According to her, Ukraine acts like this due to the voting results, which will not satisfy Kyiv authority.
“Why would they need all this? The answer is obvious. Russian citizens, who wanted to vote on the territory of Ukraine, realize what is really going on here. That is why their choice would be obvious. Such expression of will would not satisfy Kyiv authorities. That is why the regime illegally and unashamedly impeded Russian citizens to vote,” she stated.
Russian Embassy in Ukraine expressed indignation due to Ukraine’s Internal Ministry claim, that only people with diplomatic status will be allowed to vote in Russian diplomatic agencies located in Ukraine.
Earlier, Arsen Avakov, Internal Minister of Ukraine, said that Russian citizens who live on the territory of Ukraine will not be allowed to enter Russian diplomatic agencies to vote for Russian President.
Earlier, Ukrainian nationalists promised 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.
The election date, March 18, was not approved right away. First, elections were planned to be held on March 11. However, with the amendments to Russian law, the government decided to hold elections on the fourth anniversary of Crimea annexation – March 18, 2018. That’s the day when the Agreement on Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s joining of Russian Federations was signed. Two days later the peninsula conducted an illegal referendum concerning “joining Russian Federation”.