President of Ukraine

President: We have to introduce sanctions against the organizers of the illegal Russian presidential elections in the occupied territories

12 March 2018 - 15:54

President: We have to introduce sanctions against the organizers of the illegal Russian presidential elections in the occupied territories

President Petro Poroshenko stresses that Ukraine has not recognized and will never recognize the Russian presidential elections in its territories illegally occupied by Russia. Ukraine calls for sanctions against those involved in the organization of this process.

"In the context of the Russian presidential elections next Sunday, I clearly stated that Ukraine does not recognize the fake presidential elections in the temporarily occupied territories, because even there Russians are going to hold the so-called voting. We are confident that sanctions must be imposed against those who are involved in organizing the illegal election process," the Head of State said following the negotiations with  Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

The Head of State also noted that the issue of reacting to the fake Russian presidential elections in Crimea and Sevastopol was actively discussed during today's meeting with Federica Mogherini.

"I called for the similar actions of the EU in response to the illegal so-called elections," Petro Poroshenko said.

"In addition, in the context of the ongoing campaign by Russia aimed to spread misinformation, hacking attacks, interference in the election processes aimed against the democratic free world, including the EU and Ukraine, we have agreed to strengthen our cooperation in combating cyber threats and fake news, and exchange experience, which will be beneficial both for Ukraine and for the European Union," he added.

Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini once again noted that the EU doesn’t recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea.

"We will continue this policy of non-recognition. We will continue to condemn this violation of international law. We do not recognize the so-called elections there. We will continue the policy of non-recognition, including through sanctions on this issue. We will continue to call for respect to the human rights of all Ukrainians, including the Crimean Tatars. We will continue to call for the release of all those detained and sentenced in breach of international law," Federica Mogherini noted.

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