15:33 Sep. 18, 2016
Parliamentary elections are taking place throughout Russia today, including occupied Crimea
The elections to Russia's State Duma violate international law because they take place in occupied Crimea as well, the speaker for Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, Maryana Betsa, reports.
"Our point is that the elections are more evidence that Russia's continuous armed aggression against Ukraine, because Crimea is Ukrainian territory. The elections are illegitimate and illegal along with the fact they violate international law, the UN Charter, Ukraine's legislation and the General Assembly Resolution as of March 27, 2014, which affirmed territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders", Maryana Betsa told the news agency Interfax-Ukraine.
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According to her, it leads to the illegitimacy of the Russian parliament and the need for reinforcement of anti-Russian sanctions, both personal and general.
"Any results of the elections are null and void and we call upon the world not to recognize the legitimacy of the elections. We consider it necessary to increase sanction pressure on those, who are responsible for conducting the elections", Maryana Betsa added.