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 State Duma elections illegitimate as they held in occupied Crimea, Klimkin says

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin considers the elections in the Russian-occupied Crimea illegitimate.

As reported by Censor.NET referring to Interfax-Ukraine, he said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy.

"I consider the [parliamentary] elections in Russia illegitimate as they are held in occupied Crimea. Moreover, these elections are not legitimate both in political and legal terms," the minister said.

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Asked about security measures at the polling stations for Russian citizens in Ukraine during the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Klimkin said that no one guaranteed such measures for the Ukrainian diplomatic missions in the context of Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

According to him, this issue will be tackled when the possibility of creation of such polling stations in Ukraine is considered.

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As reported, the polling stations were created in Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, and Kharkiv for the Russians to vote in the elections to the State Duma scheduled for Sept. 18. According to Russian Central Election Commission member Vasily Likhachev, the security issue at these polling stations has not yet been settled. He said that over 81,000 Russians eligible to vote in the elections on Sept. 18 are registered by Ukraine's consular agency as of today.
 
 
 
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