Russian envoy to the OSCE, Alexander Lukashevich, says Ukraine's move restricting access of Russian citizens to the premises of diplomatic missions during Russian presidential election is a "clear interference into Russian internal affairs".

The Russian delegation on Twitter wrote that Lukashevich had called on Italy, now chairing the organization, Secretary General Thomas Greminger, the organization's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and its Special Monitoring Mission "to duly react on flagrant decision" by Kyiv to "block access" of Russian citizens to Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine during presidential elections.

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Read alsoEU doesn't recognize Russian elections in Crimea – MogheriniAs UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov stated that on Sunday, March 18, 2018, the security regime for Russia's diplomatic missions on Ukrainian territory in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Lviv will not provide Russian citizens access to these buildings for voting.

The move came after Russia had turned a deaf ear to Ukraine's demands to abandon the idea of holding Russian presidential elections in the illegally annexed Crimea.