Ukraine’s decision not to allow observers from Russia at the elections contrary to the rules of the OSCE. This was stated by the Director of the OSCE Office for democratic institutions and human rights Ingibjorg, Solrun Gisladottir, a message posted on the Bureau’s website.
“The decision to deny accreditation to the citizens of one state are unprecedented and contradicts the commitments of the OSCE member States to invite observers from any other countries-participants of the mission,” wrote Gisladottir in a letter addressed to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
The head of the Bureau said that the observers represent their country, and the entire mission of the OSCE in General. They are required to follow the code of the OSCE election observation, which requires to remain impartial and not to intervene in the electoral process.
According to Gisladottir, the main principle of Bureau — inclusion in the delegation of representatives of all States-participants of OSCE. This standard is common to all countries belonging to the mission. Its observance allows you to strengthen democratic institutions.
Earlier, on 7 February, the special envoy of the US state Department in Ukraine Kurt Volker demanded the Ukrainian side to admit observers from Russia to the polls. He believes that this will help the international recognition of the Ukrainian elections.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko has repeatedly stated that it will not allow election observers from Russia. According to the Ukrainian side, representatives of the “aggressor” does not have the right to observe the elections even in the international mission of the OSCE.
The presidential elections in Ukraine held on 31 March 2019. The majority of Ukrainians disapprove of the activities of the head of state Petro Poroshenko and the Cabinet of Ministers. In ranking possible candidates, the President of Ukraine took only fourth place — it was supported by 9.4% of respondents. The leader of the rating became Yulia Tymoshenko (16.9% of votes).
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