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Russia, Germany Discuss Russian Duma Elections on Ukraine Territory

© Sputnik / Vladimir Fedorenko / Go to the photo bankThe Russian State Duma on Okhotny Ryad Street.
The Russian State Duma on Okhotny Ryad Street. - Sputnik International
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday discussed issues of Kiev's obligations to ensure the security of Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine before the September 18 legislative elections, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Late last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko instructed Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to inform Russia about the "impossibility of conducting Russian elections on Ukrainian territory." The Verkhovna Rada called on the international community to refrain from participation in monitoring the Russian elections and not to recognize the results of these elections on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol.

"The ministers discussed the various aspects of the situation in Ukraine, including the task of strengthening the ceasefire regime in the area of internal Ukrainian conflict. The questions relating to the Ukrainian side's obligations to ensure the safety of Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine, especially in connection with the September 18 Russian State Duma elections," the ministry said.

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Following the reunification of Crimea with Russia in March 2014 and an escalation of the Ukrainian crisis later that year, Russia's relations with the West deteriorated. The Kiev government and the West, on which Kiev increasingly relies, blame Russia for interfering with Ukraine's internal affairs and, as a punitive measure, imposed several rounds of sanctions against Moscow.

Russia has firmly denied the accusations, underscoring that sanctions are counterproductive and hurt both sides.

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