Walker urged Kiev to allow Russian observers to the elections
The Russians in the OSCE mission should be present at the voting for President of Ukraine, said the representative of the state Department.
Special envoy of the US state Department in Ukraine Kurt Volker said that Kiev is necessary to allow Russian observers under the auspices of the Office for democratic institutions and human rights of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE / ODIHR) for the elections of the Ukrainian President in March. Thus Kiev will prove its commitment to democratic standards, says Walker. Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he will give orders to the state border service not to allow Russian observers to the elections.
“Ukraine needs ODIHR observers to prove that it adheres to democratic standards. Otherwise people can put the elections into question. Let Russian observers will participate, but under the auspices of ODIHR,” wrote state Department spokesman on Twitter.