Kiev explained the failure to open polling stations for elections to the state Duma

Director of policy and communications Ministry of Ukraine, Alexei Makeyev explained the failure of the Russian state Duma elections in the country that Moscow’s actions violate international law, “Interfax-Ukraine”.

In his opinion, the intentions of Moscow to hold elections “in the temporarily occupied territories”, which implies Kiev Crimea and Sevastopol, “contrary to international law and are a violation of Russia’s international obligations”.

He added that the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses strong protest to Russia in connection with the intention to hold elections there. “In this regard, the Russian elections in the premises of diplomatic and consular services of Russia is impossible”, he said.

“Ukraine’s foreign Ministry addressed a demand not to hold elections in the territory temporarily occupied by Russia, and to avoid provocations in the territories of embassies and consulates, as this violates international law and the legislation of Ukraine”, said Makeev.

On Saturday the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry to inform Moscow that the Russian elections on the territory of Ukraine, said the press Secretary of Ukrainian President Svyatoslav Tsigalko.

The Russian foreign Ministry after these statements Kiev demanded an official explanation of the refusal to the Russian elections in Ukraine.

Prior to this, September 8, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine decided to appeal to the parliaments of the various States, urging them to refrain from participating in election observation in the Crimea. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin called the Russian Duma elections illegitimate, as they are including in the Crimea, which Kyiv considers to be occupied territory.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, in turn, said that the decision of the Parliament regarding the elections to the state Duma on the territory of Crimea will not be taken into account in Russia, stressing that Crimea is Russian territory.