14:53 Sep. 8, 2016
'Their decision won't be considered by Moscow since Crimea is part of Russia', says Putin's press secretary
Russia will neither respond to, nor take into consideration any foreign parliaments' possible solution to slam the parliamentary elections in the annexed Crimea.
This position was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, according to Interfax.
"In this case, their decision will not play any significant role and won't be considered by Moscow since Crimea is part of Russia. We can neither admit nor take into account this decision", said Peskov, answering the question how the Kremlin will react if foreign parliaments, urged by Ukraine, do not recognize the elections in Russia-occupied Black Sea peninsula.
On August 8, Ukraine's Parliament adopted an appeal to foreign states, the Parliamentary Assembly and international organizations to slam the parliamentary elections in the annexed Crimea.
Crimea was seized from Ukraine by Russia in February 2014. Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.
Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds instead "a renewal of historical justice".