16:44 Sep. 10, 2016
Poroshenko sends the message to Kremlin: No Russian parlamentary elections in Ukraine
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Foreign Ministry to inform the Russian Federation that no Russian elections will be held in Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.
Press secretary of Ukrainian leader Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twitter: "The President instructed the Foreign Ministry to inform Moscow about the impossibility of holding Russian elections on the territory of Ukraine".
As reported, Russian parliamentary elections will be held on September 18. The elections are also planned to be held on the territory of the annexed Crimea. Earlier, Russia called on Ukraine to ensure the safety of the four polling stations in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv in the territory of Russian diplomatic missions.
Later Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mariana Betsa in her comment for "Ukrainska pravda" clarified: "Russia's intention to hold elections in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine is a violation of international law and will not be possible even in the premises of diplomatic and consular services of the Russian Federation".
In this regard, the Foreign Ministry has asked Ukraine to the Russian side with the request not to hold elections in the territories and to avoid provocations in the territories of embassies and consulates, as it violates international law and laws of Ukraine, Betsa stressed.
Also Ukraine demanded that the international community not to recognize the results of voting on the territory of the Crimea, which is temporarily occupied by Russian Federation.
Earlier Ukraine Today published expert analysis, stating thatRussian elections in Crimea should strip Russian Duma of legitimacy.