Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE monitoring mission of the European Union will not send in the temporarily occupied the Crimea representatives to observe the Russian presidential election in 2018. This is reported by Izvestia, citing sources in both structures.
“The ODIHR’s mandate for election observation is based on the consensus of the 57 member States of the organization. In the case of Crimea, there is no consensus. Therefore, the ODIHR may not be monitored in this region”, – said the press Secretary Thomas Rymer.
The MEP Tomasz Stachowski stressed that Brussels will send observers to Russia, but not in the Crimea.
“It is absolutely accurate. Not yet agreed on a final list of those who will go to Russia. At the moment negotiations are underway with the host country”, – he said.
Council of the European Union on 21 December, extended the sectoral economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, until 31 July 2018.
Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 year. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia were imposed economic sanctions. For the implementation by Moscow of the so-called elections with the participation of the Crimea in 2016-m to year the Parliament of Ukraine recognized the Russian state Duma is illegitimate.
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