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Russia intends to participate in election observation in Ukraine

MOSCOW, February 13 – RIA News. Moscow intends to use its right to participate in international election observation in Ukraine, a list of candidates for short-term observers was sent to the OSCE / ODIHR, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

"As is known, earlier the CEC of Ukraine rejected applications filed by the ODIHR for the accreditation of two long-term observers from Russia as part of this mission. Because of this, we were forced to cancel their secondment. Despite this, the Russian side intends to use its right to participate in international observation elections in another OSCE participating state, in this case in Ukraine. Our actions are based on the mutual commitments of all OSCE countries to ensure unhindered access of observers to each other’s elections. This measure is izvana ensure transparent and democratic electoral process ", – said the Foreign Ministry.

Russian candidates for the short-term component of the mission will be duly sent to the ODIHR “in accordance with the invitation received”. At the same time, Moscow hopes that "they will be provided with all the necessary conditions for performing the functions of international observation."

"The short-term observers of the ODIHR missions are monitoring directly on election day. Members of the long-term component monitor the entire course of the electoral process before, during and after the elections," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

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