The Kiev protests against the holding of elections in the Crimea and Sevastopol can be considered an attempt to interfere in the electoral process, said Olga Kovitidi, a member of the Federation Council Commission on the protection of state sovereignty and the prevention of interventions in the internal affairs of the Russia.
"The statement of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry should be seen as an open interference in the Russian regional elections," he said.
According to Covitidi, these actions do not contribute to improving relations between countries, whose hopes appeared after the exchange of prisoners. "This intervention does not contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations, to which, in particular, Russia is included in its foreign policy program towards Ukraine. Confirmation of this peacekeeping program has been a legal precedent for the recently held exchange of detainees, "said Covitidi.
In one day of voting in the Crimea and Sevastopol, deputies are elected in local legislative assemblies. In Kiev, they protested against the vote on the peninsula, saying that its results will be "legally null". The Ukrainian authorities have promised to make the organizers of the Crimean elections responsible.