Moscow awaits from Kiev official explanations on organization of elections to the State Duma in Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told TASS on September 10.
"We are expecting explanations, which should be detailed and focused," he said. "This is a serious issue - organization of elections to the State Duma in Ukraine. We should understand in details position of the Ukrainian authorities."
Earlier on September 10, Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko ordered to notify Russia it was impossible to organize the Russian parliamentary elections in Ukraine on September 18, the president’s press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said.
"The president has ordered the foreign minister to notify Moscow it is impossible to have Russian elections in the Ukrainian territory," he twitted.
Russian national living in 145 world countries will be able to take part in the parliamentary elections in September, Nikolai Levichev, a member of the Russian Central Elections Commission (CEC) told TASS earlier. The Russian Foreign Ministry said - as of July 1, Russian voters abroad make 1,872,390 people, including 1,664,573 residing abroad. Besides, 14,000 voters live in Baikonur (space launch area).
Russian parliamentary elections
Elections to the 450-seat Russian State Duma will be held on September 18 under a mixed system: 225 lawmakers will be elected in one-seat constituencies and another 225 will be elected by party tickets. In addition to the State Duma elections, 39 regions will elect their legislative assemblies, while seven constituent regions will hold direct elections of their top officials. Concurrently, municipal elections will be held in about 5,000 constituencies.
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