Rada said shortcomings in the OSCE report on elections in the state Duma
KIEV, 23 Feb — RIA Novosti. The Parliament of Ukraine considers unacceptable the disregard in the final report of OSCE / ODIHR on the results of the observation of the elections to the state Duma 2016 cases of illegal, according to Kiev, the vote in Crimea and urged the organization to study the circumstances of the preparation of the final report.
The corresponding statement at the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, supported by 239 parliamentarians with the necessary minimum of 226 votes.
The statement noted that the Council considers the elections to the state Duma of the Russian Federation “gross violation of the basic principles and norms of international law.” The deputies also noted that the absence of the final report of observation mission OSCE / ODIHR due assessment of voting at the elections to the state Duma, in particular in the Crimea is unfair.
“The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine declares inadmissibility of ignoring of the final OSCE / ODIHR report on the results of the observation of the elections to the state Duma 2016 cases of illegal voting in the territory illegally occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol”, — said in a statement. The deputies appealed to the countries-members of OSCE with the request to support the development of new methods of reporting, which would include an assessment of the situation associated with the “occupation of the territory of Ukraine by the Russian Federation”.
Parliament also called on the OSCE / ODIHR to examine all the circumstances of the preparation of the final report of the observation mission at the elections to the state Duma of the Russian Federation with the aim to prevent political influence on international observers.
Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue “is closed permanently.”