17:21 Sep. 12, 2016
The European Commission expresses further support for Ukraine's territorial integrity
The EU condemns elections to Russia's State Duma in occupied Crimea, according to the European Commission spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic.
"Everything that relates to the situation about elections to Russia's State Duma and voting in Crimea, the EU condemns and doesn't recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. We emphasize once again our support to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", the spokesperson said.
Maja Kocijancic continued that observers of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) were invited to monitor Russian parliamentary elections and they have already started working.
"Representatives of the OSCE monitoring mission will not conduct any operation in annexed Crimea and Sevastopol. The observing mission from the EU countries, apart from the OSCE mission, will also work only within internationally recognized borders of the Russian Federation and won't be represented in Crimea", she stated.
Maja Kocijancic tried to avoid the question, whether the EU will accept the elections results.
"We will formulate our position on the basis of the OSCE report and I won't speculate on future events", she added.