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Ukraine calls on international community not to recognize Russia elections in Crimea

Ukraine asks foreign parliaments and organizations to refrain from monitoring the ballot.

Ukraine calls on international community not to recognize Russia elections in Crimea
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The Ukrainian parliament has made a statement to the parliaments of foreign states, parliamentary assemblies and international organisations regarding the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol.

The resolution was backed by 269 MPs.

Ukrainian lawmakers referred to Russia's intents to conduct elections to the State Duma in Crimea and Sevastopol on 18 September 2016.

In this regard, the Ukrainian parliament appealed to the international community with the persistent request to refrain from participating in monitoring the elections and called not to recognize their results under any circumstances.

Parliament stressed that foreigners, who will travel to the occupied territory to monitor the illegal elections, will be threatened with criminal proceedings for infringement of the rules of entry into the temporarily occupied territory to harm the national interests of Ukraine.

The next elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation will be held on 18 September. For the first time, the "elections" will also be held in Moscow-occupied Crimea.

The head of the self-styled representative body of Crimean Tatars, Mejlis, Refat Chubarov called Crimean residents to boycott the upcoming elections.

The OSCE stated that they would not take part in the monitoring of elections in the Russian-occupied Crimea and will consider the ballot illegal.