Kiev’s decision to deny accreditation to Russian monitors for the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine goes against the government’s declared commitment to democratic values, including the transparency of elections, the Russian embassy in Ukraine said on its website on Thursday.
«Once again, the Kiev government has confirmed its reluctance to honor the norms of the international law. Instead, it put forward quite an arbitrary interpretation of the commitments it undertook as a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including within the framework of the 1990 Copenhagen Document on the Human Dimension of the CSCE/OSCE and the Decision on strengthening the effectiveness of the OSCE, adopted during the OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels in 2006,» TASS quoted the embassy as saying.
«The intentions, voiced by the minister, clearly contradict Ukraine’s declared adherence to democratic values, including free, fair and transparent elections,» it said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said on Wednesday that he had sent a letter to OSCE ODIHR Director Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir requesting to deploy a monitoring mission for the presidential election in Ukraine. Among other things, he pointed out that Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry will not be receiving applications from Russian observers.
The Ukrainian presidential election is scheduled to be held on March 31. Ukraine’s Central Election Commission introduced amendments to the decree on polling stations on December 31, 2018, closing all polling stations in Russia. The decree says that Ukrainians, who entered Russia, can exercise their voting right at polling stations in Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Finland.