Russia's illegal elections: Poland does not recognize Russian elections held in Crimea

11:55 Sep. 21, 2016

Poland does not recognize Russian elections held in Crimea

Ukrainian soldiers stand near the Polish and Ukrainian flags during meeting of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Kyiv (Getty Images)

Crimean peninsula is a part of Ukraine, Polish Foreign Ministry reiterates

The Polish foreign ministry has said it does not recognise the results of recent elections to the Russian Duma held in Crimea, adding that the peninsula legally belongs to Ukraine, Radio Poland reports.

The ministry noted that Poland, together with the international community, "condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014."

"The preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine constitute a crucial condition for the peaceful solution of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict," the Polish foreign ministry said in a statement.

It added: "In this context, the election of deputies representing occupied territories calls into question the legitimacy of the elections."

Watch also Canada becomes another country not to recognise the Russian elections in annexed Crimea

Previously, a range of countries, such as Canada, Sweden, Romania, France and the UK, alongside the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the EU have denounced the polls to the Russian parliament in Crimea as illegitimate.

Read also: Ukrainian Parliament officially recognizes Russian Duma utterly illegitimate

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