The actions of the Ukrainian authorities to prevent Russian citizens from voting will hardly be appreciated in Europe. This was the the opinion of Vasily Volkov, the head of the territorial electoral commission, which manages the activities of election commissions abroad.
“To be honest, it does not fit into our heads that you can just flout international law, conventions, agreements on this topic,” Volkov said.
“We still hope that Ukraine and its authorities will share the European values to which they aspire so actively,” he said. “It is unlikely that Europe will like this approach of Ukraine when they say that our citizens in Ukraine cannot vote in the elections.”
The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, earlier said that Russian citizens will not be allowed to enter diplomatic missions of their country to vote in the presidential elections on March 18.
The Russian embassy in Kiev reported that it sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine demanding that the diplomatic missions and consulates of the Russian Federation be able to carry out their functions without hindrance in organizing and holding elections in four locations located there.
According to Vasily Likhachev, a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Russian Federation, such situations violate the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and Immunities of 1961, as well as the bilateral convention on consular interaction between Moscow and Kiev. Consular registration in Ukraine consists of 72,000 Russian citizens, Likhachev added.