Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not recognize the elections to the State Duma of Russia, which will be held September 18 in annexed Crimea, since Lithuania supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, according to the agency’s website.
“Despite the overall assessment, we can already radically state that we consider the elections to the State Duma of Russia, to be held in Crimea illegal, and will not recognize the election results,” reads the statement.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that holding the elections in the peninsula is another violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
The Ministry supports the OSCE decision not to send the EU observers to Crimea as well.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly stated that Russian elections are illegal in the annexed Crimea.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on the International Community not to recognize the elections to the State Duma that Russia intends to hold in the annexed Crimea.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission will not observe the illegitimate elections to the State Duma in the occupied Crimea, September 18, 2016.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov appealed to Crimean residents with a request to boycott the elections to the State Duma of Russia, September 18, 2016. Illegal elections to the Russian Parliament in the occupied Crimea will not only illegitimate so-called "Crimean deputies," but also challenge the legitimacy of the all the State Duma Members, he believes.
Elections to the State Duma are scheduled for September 18 on a mixed system: 225 deputies are elected on party lists and 225 - from the territorial electoral districts. Elections are to be conducted in the annexed Crimea for the first time.
The Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev, threatened to start criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.