EU not recognizes Russian so-called elections in Crimea - Kocijancic

EU not recognizes Russian so-called elections in Crimea - Kocijancic

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KYIV, September 16 /Ukrinform/. The European Union does not recognize and condemns the electoral processes conducted by Russia in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.

Spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijancic said this in a commentary to an Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels.

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and will not recognize it. In that context we regret that for a second-year in a row Russia has organized so-called "elections" on the territory of the illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula. The European Union recognizes neither the legal framework nor the legitimacy of these 'elections'," Kocijancic stressed.

The Spokesperson also said that the regional and local elections in Russia took place in the general context of progressively shrinking space for civil society in Russia resulting from restrictive legislation and administrative procedures.

"We are aware of the reports issued by Russian independent election observers on electoral violations," spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said.

As reported, on September 13, the regional and local elections were held in Russia, including in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

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