26 October 2016

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Poroshenko instructs Klimkin notify Russia it impossible to hold State Duma elections in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin notify the authorities of the Russian Federation about the impossibility of holding elections to the State Duma of Russia on the territory of Ukraine, Ukrainian presidential press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twitter.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

"The President has instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to inform Moscow about the impossibility of holding the Russian elections on the territory of Ukraine," he tweeted.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 8, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution calling upon parliaments of foreign states, parliamentary assemblies and international organizations to refrain from participating in monitoring the illegal elections for the State Duma of the Russian Federation on the territory of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as not to recognize the results of such elections.

The elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation are to be held on September 18.

UNIAN memo. In March 2014, Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimea after it deployed its troops. An unlawful referendum was held on the future of the peninsula.

The self-proclaimed Crimean authorities alleged that 96.77% of voters had supported the idea of Crimea becoming part of Russia.

A so-called agreement on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia was signed in the Kremlin on March 18, 2014.

Western countries do not recognize the annexation, having introduced sanctions against Russia.

Further, Ukraine's parliament officially announced that February 20, 2014, was the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea.

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