On 4 October 2016 the Delegation of Ukraine to the 1114th meeting of the Permanent Council delivered a Statement on Illegitimacy of the 18 September 2016 Elections to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
“Ukraine strongly condemns the conduct of elections to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation on 18 September 2016 on the territory of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which constitute an integral part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders”, reads the statement.
These actions violate the legislation of Ukraine and the fundamental norms and principles of international law, including the United Nations Charter, the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, as well as the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”, the text of the document reads, therefore “the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in its Resolution, adopted on 20 September 2016, decided not to recognize as legitimate these parliamentary elections in Russia, their results and legal implications, and, respectively, the composition, powers, acts and decisions of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the seventh convocation”.
In conclusion, the Delegation of Ukraine called for the response from the OSCE Chairmanship, the ODIHR and the delegations of the participating States and added: “Ukraine expects as well that OSCE/ODIHR in its final report about the September Duma elections will provide a clear explanation of the reasons to refrain from observing the election process in Crimea and will give its clear assessment of the fact, that the voting in the illegally occupied Crimea affected the majority of parliamentarians of the State Duma”.
Full text of the statement