The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine consider the most appropriate reaction of the Verkhovna Rada on elections of the President of the Russian Federation plea them on the territory of the occupied Crimea.

“The Ministry of foreign Affairs supports the bill (draft resolution – if) No. 8168, which also continues the policy of denial of the attempted annexation of the territory of Ukraine and does not recognize the legitimacy of the elections of the President of the Russian Federation on the occupied territory, which will testify that these elections can not serve neither proof nor justification for changes to Ukraine the status of those territories . Accordingly, the Ministry of foreign Affairs does not support the bill №8153″ – said the Deputy Director of Department – head of the political division of the Department of counteraction to threats from the Russian Federation Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Marko Shevchenko at a meeting of the parliamentary foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

He recalled that on the eve of the presidential elections, the Parliament, in his statement noted the inadmissibility of recognizing the elections in the occupied Crimea.

M. Shevchenko noted that the draft resolution on non-recognition of these elections only on the territory of the Crimea “is closer” to the conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR, which is not a question of the illegitimacy of the elections of the President of the Russian Federation as a whole.

“This Office is well – respected in the international arena institution. His insights are the basis of all political decisions of all democratic governments of Europe and the countries of the OSCE space”, – he added.

In addition, the foreign Ministry spokesman noted that the practical effects of the recognition of illegitimate elections of the President of the Russian Federation will negatively affect the ability of the MFA to protect Ukrainian citizens in Russia, in particular wrongfully convicted.

As is known, the Verkhovna Rada registered two draft resolutions with the assessment of the presidential elections. The draft resolution №8153 representatives of the faction “people’s front” offers to recognize the illegitimacy of the elections in General, and the faction “Block of Petro Poroshenko” draft resolution No. 8168 proposes not to recognize these elections only on the territory of the occupied Crimea.