Kremlin refuses to answer directly whether Moscow set to recognize outcome of Ukraine elections
The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, refused to answer the question whether Russia would recognize the result of the presidential election in Ukraine.
“It’s not our business to evaluate the election campaign [in Ukraine]. We all witnessed and continue to be a witness to the campaign that is ongoing in Ukraine. It's the Ukrainians' business," he told reporters in Moscow Friday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"Of course, I would leave your question without comment, on whether it's possible to recognize illegitimate the election result. I will not answer this question. It will also depend on how the elections are held. We cannot talk about this if the elections have not yet been held," he added, answering an UNIAN question.
At the same time, Peskov recalled that there would be no Russian observers in this election.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated that Russian observers could not monitor Ukraine elections either from the political or the legal points of view.
“Observers from an aggressor state which has violated all possible and impossible principles of international law and moral principles cannot observe the holding of democratic elections,” the foreign minister said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that the Russian bill on the non-recognition of the presidential elections in Ukraine, submitted to the Duma, confirms Russia's true position and shows why Moscow had tried to send their observers to the Ukraine elections.
"As long as Russia remains the aggressor state, Russian observers will not be allowed. The real objective of Russian observers is vividly demonstrated in this bill," the president concluded.