The Russian Embassy in Ukraine has expressed indignation in connection with the plans of the Ukrainian Ministry of internal Affairs to restrict access to the diplomatic institutions of the Russian Federation on election day, Russian President stated in the statement of the Embassy on March 16.
«Angered by the announced plans of the Ukrainian interior Ministry to block the day of the election of the President of the Russian Federation on 18 March 2018 the access of Russian citizens to the polling stations at the Russian Embassy in Kiev and consulates General in Odessa, Lviv and Kharkiv», – said in a statement.
It is noted that «the intention under false pretenses to deprive living in the Ukraine the Russians the possibility of free will enters into flagrant contradiction with the basic norms of international law and Ukraine’s obligations under the multilateral and bilateral conventions and agreements».
«The responsibility for the violation of the rights of Russian citizens will fall on the Ukrainian side. The Ukrainian foreign Ministry had sent a note with the requirement to provide to our Embassy and Consulate General can perform their functions in the organization and conduct of the elections. The Embassy on its part will take all necessary action to voting day polling stations in the Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine were opened,» – said at the Embassy.
Presidential elections in Russia held on March 18, 2018 – the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea.
February 23, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent to the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation a note of protest regarding the election of the Russian President in Crimea. The Minister Pavel Klimkin has promised that Kiev will pursue sanctions for the involved in the will.
The Deputy head of the Russian CEC Nikolai Bulaev 23 February said that Ukraine will not be able to interfere with the elections of the Russian President to annexed Crimea.
On 16 March, the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said that Russian citizens will not be able to vote for their President in the diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation on the territory of Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa and Lvov.
In Russian, the CEC said that the Ukrainian authorities «do not know norms of international law.»
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said the ban on Russian citizens to elect their President on the territory of diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine «open interference in the purely internal Affairs of Russia».
In addition to acting Russian President Vladimir Putin for this position will be fighting seven people: Sergey Baburin («Russian national Union»), Pavel Grudinin (KPRF), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR), Ksenia Sobchak («Civil initiative»), Maxim suraykin («Communists of Russia»), Boris Titov (Batch growth), Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko).
The Russian Embassy in Ukraine: Outraged by the plans of the Ukrainian interior Ministry to block the election day the access of Russian citizens to the polling stations 17.03.2018