EU does not recognize Russian elections held in occupied Crimea


The European Union is firm in their support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

The European Union does not recognize the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the territory of the annexed Crimea. It was reported by the press centre of the European Union External Action service.

“The European Union has not recognised the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognise the holding of elections in the Crimean peninsula,” said in the statement.

“The European Union remains unwavering in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” added in the EU.

The EU noted that the monitoring mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as well as observers of the EU member countries did not carry out their activities during the electoral process, organized by the Russian Federation on the territory of the occupied Crimea.

The EU also stressed that restriction of fundamental freedoms and political rights, strict control over the media, and pressure on civil society had a negative impact on the elections.

Earlier, it was reported that Canada also did not recognize the legitimacy of Russian elections in the Crimea.