Parliament addresses world due to 'election' of Russian president in Crimea

Parliament addresses world due to 'election' of Russian president in Crimea

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The Verkhovna Rada has called on the international community to take measures to warn the Russian authorities and the occupation administration against holding Russian presidential elections in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

A total of 255 lawmakers voted for the adoption of the relevant resolution on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

The draft resolution, authored by the chairman of the People's Front fraction, Maksym Burbak, was adopted taking into account proposals from the parliament's committee for foreign affairs.

"The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appeals to take all possible measures to warn the authorities of the Russian Federation and the occupation administration against holding Russian presidential elections in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol," reads an appeal by the parliament to the international community "due to preparations for the illegal election of the president of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied part of the Ukrainian territory - in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol."

At the same time, if the vote is still held, the parliament calls on the world to condemn the election and not to send observers to this region, including as part of international missions, as well as to note in the conclusions of observation missions, including those sent under the auspices of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the fact of illegitimate voting in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which "substantially distorts the results of voting in general in the Russian Federation."

In addition, MPs call on the international community to impose additional sanctions against Russia and personal sanctions against those involved in illegitimate voting in the temporarily occupied territory during the elections to the Russian State Duma in 2016 and the Russian presidential elections in 2018.

The document also calls on international partners to intensify their joint efforts to oblige Russia to fully comply with the International Court of Justice order of April 19, 2017 in the case "Ukraine v. Russia" regarding the proper provision of human rights in temporarily occupied territories.

MPs also called for consolidating the pressure on Russia to start a permanent and direct international monitoring of the situation in Crimea by the institutional and convention bodies of the UN, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and other international organizations, as well as control over Russia's compliance with its obligations as an occupying authority in accordance with international humanitarian law.

In addition, the parliament supported the proposal by MP Refat Chubarov on the call to prevent state and working visits by the Russian president to the UN member states, and "the presidents, governments and parliaments of the UN member states should not accept invitations and should not make state and official visits to the Russian Federation."

The presidential elections in Russia should take place on March 18, 2018, on the anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea. On March 18, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an act on illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

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