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 US does not recognize Russian Duma elections, - Department of State's Spokesperson Kirby

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the Russian Duma elections.

The U.S. Department of State's Spokesperson John Kirby declared, Censor.NET reports citing the U.S. Department of State.

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy and will not recognize the outcome of the Russian Duma elections planned for Russian-occupied Crimea on Sept. 18.

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"Our position on Crimea is clear: the peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine. Crimea-related sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia returns control of Crimea to Ukraine.

"We also continue to be deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Crimea, including the status of the ethnic Tatar community and widespread reports of missing persons and human rights abuses," the official statement reads.

Read more: Germany, France will not recognize State Duma elections in occupied Crimea, foreign ministers say

Russia's parliamentary elections are scheduled for Sept. 18, 2016. The election campaign is underway in Ukraine's Crimea annexed by Russia in the spring of 2014. The Russian Federation intends to open four polling stations in its diplomatic missions in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv.

As previously reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to inform the Russian leadership about the impossibility of holding the elections to the State Duma in the Ukrainian territory.

On Sept. 8, 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the parliaments of foreign states, international parliamentary assemblies and organizations to not recognize the elections to the State Duma in occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, scheduled for Sept. 18, 2016.

Ukrainian Parliament urges the international community to refrain from participating in monitoring the elections and to not recognize their results under any circumstances.
 
 
 
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