OSCE will not send the observers to the elections in the occupied Crimea, told Jan Petersen, the Head of the ODIHR mission (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights), as cited by Interfax.

“The mission of the OSCE ODIHR will not send the long-term observers to Crimea,” he said.

Jan Petersen told that all the decisions, including those on the Crimean issue, are made by all the 57 OSCE member countries.

“In their work ODIHR has to take into account the OSCE's system based on the principle of consensus,” he said, adding that observers are to visit the Russian Federation regions.

Earlier, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy urged international organizations to give a legal assessment of an attempt to hold the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation on the territory of the annexed Crimea.
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