The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that it is not possible to hold elections to the State Duma on the territory of Ukraine.
As the president’s spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on his Facebook page, Ukrainian President instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to inform Moscow of his decision.
In turn, the head of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, Ella Pamfilova said the issue is currently being discussed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation Vasily Likhachev said that because of the Kiev’s decision, nearly 80,000 Russians currently residing in Ukraine will not be able to take part in the elections. Only those Russians who are members of the Russian diplomatic missions will be able to vote. All the rest can vote in the neighboring countries, all they need is to write a certain application, and present a passport.
Accodring to Interfax, in the State Duma they called Kiev’s statement “a dig” and “a nitpick”.