The European Union does not recognize the results of the Russian regional elections held in Sevastopol, said the spokesman for the EU's foreign policy service Peter Stano.
“The European Union does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and, therefore, does not recognize the holding of elections on the Crimean peninsula,” the statement reads. Stano stressed that anyone who is elected in a Russian-organized vote in Crimea will not be recognized by the EU as a representative of territories that the EU considers part of Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.
Earlier it was reported that in the past elections, the acting governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, received the support of 85.72% of voters. In total, six candidates applied for the post of head.
In August, six countries joined the EU sanctions on Crimea. Prior to that, the European Union extended for another year the restrictive measures against Crimea and Sevastopol as part of the policy of non-recognition of the reunification of Crimea with Russia. They will be valid until June 23, 2021.
Recall that Crimea was reunited with Russia in 2014 after a referendum held there. Then 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke in favor of the peninsula's entry into Russia. Meanwhile, Ukraine does not recognize the results of the referendum. The Russian authorities, in turn, have repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of the region have expressed their will in a democratic way, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, and the issue of Crimea is “finally closed”.