14:10 Sep. 20, 2016
Russian State Duma lost its legitimacy due to illegal elections in occupied territories, Rada states
Ukraine recognized Russian State Duma of the 7th convocation and all its decisions illegitimate, UNIAN informs. Ukrainian Parliament adopted a resolution on non-recognising the legitimacy of the elections to the State Duma of the seventh convocation with all results and the legal consequences. Accordingly, the composition, authority, acts and decisions of the State Duma are also illegitimate, Ukrainian Rada states.
Ukrainian Parliament acknowledged that because of the unlawful conduct of the elections of the State Duma in the temporarily occupied territory of the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, the elections to the State Duma of the seventh convocation are the violation of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, the basic principles and norms of international law, the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, Budapest memorandum 1994, the UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine's territorial integrity №68 / 262 dated March 27, 2014 and other international instruments.
Ukraine also appeals to the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, the parliaments of foreign countries, parliamentary assemblies and international organizations not to recognize the legitimacy of the elections to the Russian State Duma of the seventh convocation, all the results and the legal consequences, and accordingly, the composition, authority, acts and decisions of that body. The document also instructed the head of BP Andriy Parubiy to send a statement immediately to the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, the parliaments of foreign states, international parliamentary assemblies and organizations. Regulation shall come into force on the day of its adoption.
As reported, on August 18 Russia held elections to the State Duma. For the first time Russian elections were held in the occupied Crimea. 225 of 450 members were elected by proportional representation, Crimea was also taken into account in the calculating of results and distribution of mandates. 4 more were elected in single-member districts in Crimea and Sevastopol. Thus, the majority of State Duma deputies (229) were elected illegitimately, resulting in all the State Duma and its acts should be considered illegitimate.
As reported, at least seven countries condemned Russian ‘elections' in Crimea yet before they started. Yesterday Ukrainian and Georgian diplomats, as well as Freedom House representatives declared the Russian elections illegal and 'farce'.
As reported, at least seven countries condemned Russian ‘elections' in Crimea yet before their start. Yesterday Ukrainian, Georgian MFAs and Freedom House representative declared the Russian elections illegal. Today Ukrainian Parliament officially recognized Russian Duma utterly illegitimate and asked the world to do the same.