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Austrian President: No legal elections of Russian president possible in Crimea

Austrian President: No legal elections of Russian president possible in Crimea

Presidential Administration press office
There can be no legitimate elections of Russian president or Russian parliament in the occupied Crimea. This was stated by the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen at the joint briefing with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, reports 112.ua.
”From the Austria’s point of view, it is clear that the annexation of Crimea illegal. And this is also the position of the European Union. That’s why, on the territory of the occupied Crimea, legal elections of Russian president or Russian parliament cannot be held. This is not only my point of view, but also the position of all Austrian government,” Van der Bellen said.

As it was reported earlier Russian presidential election will take place on March 18, 2018. Crimea was annexed on this day four years ago. The Central Election Commission of Russia registered eight candidates, including Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Zhyrinovskyi, Ksenia Sobchak and Grigory Yavlinsky.
Tetiana Tykhonchuk, a press secretary of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (which is now located in Kyiv) said in a commentary that not only the directory but also members of the “election commissions” of Russian presidential elections in Crimea, as well as foreign observers, who will come to the peninsula to monitor the elections, will bear criminal responsibility. 
The Crimean Prosecutor’s Office advises Crimeans not to participate in the organization of election on March 18.
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