The International Community should not recognize the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation that are planned to be held in the annexed Crimea, said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a meeting with the G7 Ambassadors and the European Union, according to the President’s press service.

“Petro Poroshenko stressed the importance of maintaining the non-recognition policy of illegal annexation of Crimea. The human rights matters there are deteriorating dramatically, including the punitive Soviet-style medicine. The President also called not to recognize the legitimacy of the parliamentary elections in the Russian Federation. Since Moscow intends to hold it in Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as well, which is the temporary occupied territory of Ukraine,” reads the message.

As QHA reported earlier, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission will not observe the illegitimate elections to the Duma in the occupied Crimea on 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 Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the elections in the annexed Crimea are illegal.

The Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev, threatened to start criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.
Photo: Petro Poroshenko press service